Second Lagrange point, a location in space, 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, where spacecraft can hover
LiteBIRD is a compact, lightweight satellite that will measure the “fingertips” of primordial gravitational waves emitted during the cosmic inflation era. The experiment will have three optical telescopes, each covering a portion of the mission's frequency range.
Make two telescope cameras and electronics to collect sensor data. LiteBIRD’s cameras will have a total of more than 3,000 sensors.
The satellite is scheduled to launch by a rocket in 2029.
LiteBIRD will look for specific curl or spiral patterns in the cosmic microwave background (CMB), tiny signatures requiring a survey of the entire sky. CMB polarization measurements may provide for the first time a quantum probe of gravity.
An international collaboration of institutions in Japan, the United States, Canada and Europe, led by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)