During the 9th international LISA Symposium, held May 21 – 25 in Paris, the international LISA* community analyzed the new situation after ESA´s decision to choose JUICE for Europe´s next large space science mission. As the eLISA** mission, despite not being selected, was reported to have been unanimously ranked first by ESA´s scientific review committee in terms of scientific interest, strategic value for science and strategic value for the projects in Europe, the community is in good spirits: this is the first time that any space agency committee has ranked a gravitational wave observatory as the agency´s highest scientific priority. In order to prepare a strongest possible bid for the next launch opportunity the community has decided to continue its collaboration as the self-funded and independent eLISA consortium.
The 9th LISA Symposium will be held at the Bibliotheque National de France - Francois Mitterrand Site for the plenary sessions and at the APC laboratory for the parallel sessions.
On January 19th 2012 the design of eLISA/NGO, an evolved gravitational wave mission in space that fits within a European-only funding envelope, was proposed to ESA.
Sensors destined for ESA's LISA Pathfinder mission in 2014 have exceeded expectations in performance testing