BackForwardInstrument:  CUBIC 

Instrument details
Acronym CUBIC
Full name Cosmic Unresolved X-Ray Background Instrument using CCDs
Purpose Observation of X-rays in the cosmic radiation
Short description Description not available. Presumably soft X-ray spectrometer in the range 0.2-10 keV
Background Consolidated technique
Scanning Technique Interplanetary space observation from a low-inclination LEO
Resolution N/A (space-integrated viewing)
Coverage / Cycle Full Interplanetary space in 100 min (orbital period). Sampling at 10 s intervals
Mass Power Data Rate


Providing Agency NASA
Instrument Maturity Flown on an R&D satellite
Utilization Period: 1996 to 1996
Last update: 2017-05-21
Detailed characteristics
Satellites this instrument is flying on

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Instrument classification
  • Solar and space environment monitors
  • Space radiometer or spectrometer
WIGOS Subcomponents
  • Subcomponent 1
  • X-ray spectrograph on GEO orbit
  • X-ray spectrometer at LEO
Mission objectives
Primary mission objectives
  • X-ray flux spectrum
Evaluation of Measurements

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Note: * Primary mission objective.
VariableRelevance for measuring this variableOperational limitationsExplanation
X-ray flux spectrum*3 - highNo specific limitation.Interplanetary space viewing, high spectral resolution