Colorado Ultraviolet Transit Experiment (CUTE)
Colorado Ultraviolet Transit Experiment (CUTE) is a cereal box sized satellite launched to probe exoplanets (planets outside the solar system). The cost for the development of this CubeSat is $4 million. It accompanied NASA’s Landsat-9 Earth observing satellite, which was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
The CUTE’s purpose is to study the extremely hot exoplanets that are located several light-years away from the Earth. It will observe a class of exoplanets called “hot Jupiter” that have extremely high temperature and a gaseous nature. It will collect data about these large planets and study other solar systems for two and a half years.