Successful launch for LISAPathfinder

Liftoff of Vega carrying LISAPathfinder - ESA

Liftoff of Vega carrying LISAPathfinder – ESA

We had intense moments of emotion last night in Kourou.

All the lights were green when the Vega rocket beautifully took off at an impressive speed. Stress was there with each operating step that took place in a silence only punctuated by the brief announcements.

It took almost two hours, a little more than for LISAPathfinder to circle the Earth, to have the confirmation that we were on the right orbit and finally to let our joy explode.

Soon it will be the task of the scientific teams, including the APC Laboratory, to make a success out of this mission!

Kourou, December 3, 2015

Antoine Petiteau

Antoine

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