|The ambitious international project Spektr-UF (World Space Observatory UltraViolet, WSO-UV) is an international space observatory designed for observations in the ultraviolet domain (115-320 nm) unreachable from the Earth’s surface. The Project is included into the Federal Space Program of Russia 2016 – 2025. At present Russia, Spain and Mexico participate in the Project. Institute of Astronomy RAS is the head scientific organization on the Project, Lavochkin Asociation is responsible for the space complex.
Russia manufactures the main instruments of the observatory – a 170-cm telescope, high- and low-resolution spectrographs and cameras for high-quality UV and optical imaging. By its potential, the WSO-UV mission is similar to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), though it exceeds HST in spectroscopic capabilities. It is expected that WSO-UV will open new opportunities for study of Solar system planets, exoplanets, stellar and extragalactic astrophysics as well as cosmology.
The mission is planned to be launched in 2023. It will be put to the geosynchronous orbit where it is expected to operate for five years with a planned prolongation for five years more. Probably at that time the observatory will be the only source of the UV data from the Universe.
The project site: wso-uv.org