LAEFF (Laboratory for Space Astrophysics and Theoretical Physics) was founded in 1991 as a collaboration between INTA, CSIC and ESA, and was located at VILSPA to allow for closer interaction with the ESA astronomical activities (IUE, ISO, XMM,...)
Research at LAEFF is carried out in different areas of astrophysics, as astroparticle physics, interstellar medium, brown dwarfs and solar, stellar and extragalactic physics.
LAEFF is also responsible for the radio astronomical use of the antennas in the Robledo de Chavela station.
Space Projects and Astronomical Data Archives
LAEFF participates in the development of diferent space projects such as OMC-INTEGRAL, EURD, LEGRI and EDDINGTON.
LAEFF is also involved in the development and maintenance of Astronomical Data Archives of space missions (INES, OMC) and ground-based telescopes (GAUDI) in the framework of the Virtual Observatory project