Czech Scientists Contribute Key Technology to ESA's LISA Space Mission

Published: 12.02.2024 Related countries:  U.S.A. U.S.A.

The Czech Academy of Sciences recently made its debut contribution to the LISA space mission, a crucial endeavor approved by the European Space Agency (ESA) aiming to measure gravitational waves. LISA, or Laser Interferometer Space Antenna, comprises three spacecraft forming a triangle millions of miles apart, trailing Earth's orbit around the sun.

This advanced system, set to launch in the mid-2030s, employs precision lasers to detect gravitational wave signatures, with Czech scientists developing pivotal technology for laser switching between main and backup systems. The vast expanse of LISA's arms, spanning over two and a half million kilometers, surpasses Earth-based detectors, promising unparalleled insights into black holes and the universe's evolution.

The collaborative effort, led by ESA and NASA, incorporates scientists from the Czech Academy of Sciences, who astounded ESA with their technological capabilities. Despite the lengthy testing and manufacturing process by Czech companies, which could extend up to eleven years, the prospect of enhancing our understanding of the universe's fundamental aspects through gravitational wave analysis remains an exciting endeavor for the international consortium.

Source: Radio Prague International

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