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World Space Observatory-UltraViolet: International Space Mission for the Nearest Future

  • Mikhail Sachkov
  • Ana I. Gómez de Castro
  • Isabella Pagano
  • Francisco Torres
  • Yuri Zaiko
  • Boris Shustov
Conference paper
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP)

Summary

The World Space Observatory UltraViolet (WSO-UV) project is an international space observatory designed for observations in the ultraviolet domain where some of the most important astrophysical processes can be efficiently studied with unprecedented sensitivity.

WSO-UV is a multipurpose observatory, consisting of a 170 cm aperture telescope, capable of high-resolution spectroscopy, long slit low-resolution spectroscopy, and deep UV and optical imaging. With a nominal mission life time of 5 years, and a planned extension to 10 years, from a geosynchronous orbit with an inclination of 51.8 degrees, the WSO-UV will provide observations that are of exceptional importance for the study of many astrophysical problems.

WSO-UV is implemented in the framework of a collaboration between Russia (chair), China, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Ukraine.

This article is the first of three papers in this proceedings dedicated to the WSO-UV project This paper gives general information on the WSO-UV project and its status.

Keywords

Hubble Space Telescope Primary Mirror Ground Segment International Ultraviolet Explorer Science Operation Centre 
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References

  1. Sanko, N., & Shustov, B. 2006, Space physics, Proc. of the Conference held in Ekaterinburg, Russia, 2006, ed. E. Zakharova, XXXVGoogle Scholar
  2. Yaskovich, A., Zverev, A., & Shustov, B. 2006, Optical Journal, 73, 65–71Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mikhail Sachkov
    • 1
  • Ana I. Gómez de Castro
    • 2
  • Isabella Pagano
    • 3
  • Francisco Torres
    • 4
  • Yuri Zaiko
    • 5
  • Boris Shustov
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Astronomy, Russian Academy of SciencesRussia
  2. 2.Fac. de CC. MatemáticasUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain
  3. 3.INAFUSA
  4. 4.GMV S.A.USA
  5. 5.Lavochkin AssociationUSA

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