CUBESPEC is a generic spectrograph that can be configured with minimal hardware changes to deliver both low resolution (R = 100) with very large spectral coverage (200 - 1000 nm), as well as high resolution (R = 30 000) over a selected wavelength range. It is built around an off-axis Cassegrain telescope and a slit spectrograph with configurable dispersion elements. CUBESPEC will use a compact attitude determination and control system for coarse pointing of the entire spacecraft, supplemented with a fine-guidance system using a fast steering mirror to center the source on the spectrograph slit and to cancel out satellite jitter. An extremely compact optical design allows us to house this instrument in a 6U CubeSat with a volume of only 10 × 20 × 30 cm3 , while preserving a maximized entrance pupil of ca. 9 × 19 cm2 . In this contribution, we give an overview of the CUBESPEC project, discuss its most relevant science cases, and present the design of the instrument.
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Gert Raskin, Tjorven Delabie, Wim De Munter, Hugues Sana, Bart Vandenbussche, Bram Vandoren, Victoria Antoci, Hans Kjeldsen, Christoffer Karoff, Alex de Koter, Jean-Michel Désert, Tom Mladenov, Dirk Vandepitte, "CUBESPEC: low-cost space-based astronomical spectroscopy ," Proc. SPIE 10698, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2018: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 106985R (24 July 2018);