The “Lyra project” was initiated by the CAS in March 2014, after basic research in a cave laboratory at Huazhong University of Science and Technology by Mr LU Shun in 1994. According to the plan, around 2035, three satellites will be placed in an orbit approximately 100,000 km away from earth to form an equilateral triangle with a side length of approximately 170,000 km. This setup will serve as a gravitational wave observatory in space and explore gravitational waves. On December 20, a Long March No. 4B carrier rocket launched a “Lyra-1” satellite and started the space test phase.

Xinhuanet, December 23, 2019