Spektr-UV

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Model of WSO-UV telescope during "Space Week" in Madrid, May 2011

The Spektr-UV, also known as World Space Observatory-Ultraviolet (WSO-UV), is a proposed space telescope intended for work in the 110 nm to 320 nm wavelength range. The launch is planned for 2017.[1]

The observatory[edit]

The main instrument of the observatory is 1.7-metre Ritchey-Chretien telescope. The telescope will be equipped by the following instruments:

  • HIRDES (High-Resolution Double Echelle Spectrograph): R~55000 spectroscopy of point sources in the 102-320 nm range (Germany)
  • LSS: Long-slit low-resolution (R~2500) spectroscopy in the 102-320 nm range
  • ISSIS (Imaging and Slitless Spectroscopy Instrument for Surveys) being developed to carry out UV and optical diffraction limited imaging of astronomical objects. The ISSIS incorporates three channels:High Sensitivity Far-UV Channel: 120-200 nm; Channel for Surveys (FUV): 120-600 nm, optimized for 120-270 nm; Channel for Surveys (UVO): 120-600 nm, optimized for 270-600 nm. (Spain)

History[edit]

In October 2012 completed test antenna space telescope[2]

Participating nations[edit]

This international project is led by Russia (Roskosmos). At present the international cooperation includes three basic participants: Russia ( will provide the telescope, spacecraft, launch facilities, ground segment); Spain (ISSIS, ground segment); Germany (spectrographs). Ukraine and Kazakhstan also participate the project.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ORBIT AND LAUNCH". wso.inasan.ru. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  2. ^ 20136-zaversheny-ispytaniya-antenn-kosmicheskogo-teleskopa-spektr-uf

The WSO-UV web-site: http://www.wso-uv.org

See also[edit]