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LISA Pathfinder’s Journey Begins!

Congratulations to our friends at Airbus Defense & Space on the successful launch of LISA Pathfinder.

December 2, 2015

Today the LISA Pathfinder satellite, designed and built by Airbus Defense & Space, was launched into orbit atop a Vega rocket launched from Kourou, French Guiana.

From the ESA Mission Website:

“The LISA Pathfinder program will test in-flight the concept of low-frequency gravitational wave detection. It will put two test masses in near-perfect gravitational free-fall, and control and measure their motion with unprecedented accuracy. To do this, it will use inertial sensors, a laser metrology system, a drag-free control system and an ultra-precise micro-propulsion system.”


Miniature Latching Valve

Miniature Latching Valve

We provided our MV602L miniature latch valve technology as a key component of the Cold Gas Micro-Propulsion system on the LISA Pathfinder satellite.

Marotta’s MV602L miniature latch valve is the smallest, most power efficient latch valve available today.

For more information on Marotta’s Satellite Propulsion Technology: http://www.marotta.com/markets/space/satellite-propulsion-controls/

For more information on the LISA Pathfinder Mission: http://www.space-airbusds.com/en/programmes/lisa-pathfinder-.html

 

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