Ultra-Violet Italian Sky Surveyor (UVISS) on the International Space Station (ISS). Study report

Pier L. Bernacca, Elio Antonello, F. Bertola, Andrea P. Martinez, Roberto Stalio, Santo Catalano, L. Maraschi, Marcello Rodonò, Giuseppe Tondello, Gabriele E. Villa, M. Badiali, Giovanni Bonanno, Andrea Bucconi, L. Buson, D. Cardini, A. Cavaliere, P. Ceccherini, D. Martino, M. Della Valle, A. EmanueleRenato Falomo, C. Facchinetti, E. Fantino, Anna Gregorio, Alessandro C. Lanzafame, C. Mirra, U. Munari, Giampiero Naletto, I. Pagano, Maria Guglielmina Pelizzo, P. Pizzolati, Luca Poletto, Roberto Ragazzoni, R. Rampazzo, Bortolino Saggin, Salvatore Scuderi, Paolo Trampus, Michela C. Uslenghi, Mario Zannoni, Giovanna Zennaro, A. Bressan

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A Mission into Hot Phenomena in the Universe is proposed by means of a small telescope of 50 cm aperture accommodated on the International Space Station. Two operating modes are envisaged: 3 angstroms dispersion imaging spectroscopy in the 90-320 nm range (1st priority) or wide field (1°) medium bandwidth imaging in the same range but Ly-α (2nd priority). It will use a pointing platform attached to an Express Pallet Adapter available to the Italian Space Agency (ASI) more than 4-6 months per year. During a life time of 6 yr focal plane instruments may be changed when on-ground refurbishment occurs. With reasonable exposure times hot thermal sources as faint as V = 19-2 can be observed in the spectroscopy mode at 110 nm and active chromospheres on cool stars as faint as V = 15 at 250 nm can be monitored. Assessment of FUV imaging is underway, possibly providing observations of hot sources as faint as V = 21-22. Nominal uplift to ISS is set in Autumn 2005.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)199-210
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2000


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