Laboratory for Space Astrophysics and Fundamental Physics (LAEFF)
ESAC site also hosts the Spanish Laboratory for Space Astrophysics and Fundamental Physics (LAEFF), an innovative research facility aimed mainly at encouraging young Spanish scientists to enter the fields of astrophysics and fundamental physics. LAEFF was founded in 1991 as a collaboration between INTA, CSIC and ESA, and was located at ESAC to allow for closer interaction with the ESA astronomical activities.
Research at LAEFF is carried out in different areas of astrophysics and includes the study of brown dwarfs, stars in different evolutionary stages, the interstellar medium and galaxies. In addition, LAEFF hosts the Spanish Virtual Observatory, with an associated astronomical archive centre and the Integral Optical Monitoring Camera analysis group. LAEFF was the Science Operation Centre for MINISAT-01, the first Spanish scientific minisatellite, and it has been -or it is- involved in the development of space instrumentation for Integral, JWST, BepiColombo and other future missions. Outreach activities are carried out by the PARTNeR team.
In 2009 there was a substantial change in the position of LAEFF and its liaison with its different institutions. LAEFF now should be considered as the physical site at ESAC of the Center for Astrobiology (CAB), which is a joint CSIC-INTA institute.