Introduction

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The World Space Observatory Project is a new space mission concept, grown out of the needs of the Astronomical community to have access to the part of the electromagnetic spectrum where all known physics can be studied on all possible time scales: the Ultraviolet range. The physical diagnostics in this domain supply a richness of new experimental data unmatched by any other wavelength range, for the studies of the Universe.

As WSO/UV has been driven by the needs of scientists from many different countries, a new implementation model was needed to bring the World Space Observatory to reality. The WSO/UV consists of a single Ultraviolet Telescope in orbit, incorporating a primary mirror of 1.7 m diameter. The WSO/UV System is being developed and studied to make this exciting research possible through the implementation of the WSO/UV mission and assure that it is available to scientists from all countries in the World.

The developments needed to make the anticipated launch of WSO/UV possible in 2007 are led by an open international committee of scientists the World Space Observatory Implementation Committee (WIC). To find out more about the WIC, please click on the button in the header bar.

The World Space Observatory is an international endeavour, and different groups have concentrated on different aspects of the project.

For further information, please see the University of Leicester World Space Observatory site.

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