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Ariel 6 (UK 6)

Ariel 6

Ariel 6 (UK 6) was the sixth and last satellite in the Ariel series. This satellite was launched on 2 June 1979, into a near-circular 625-km, 55-deg inclination orbit. The objective of this mission was to undertake studies in high-energy astrophysics. Two X-ray experiments, one cosmic-ray experiment, and three technology experiments were carried. The spacecraft was spin stabilized, with the spin axis commanded into a sequence of orientations to accommodate the X-ray experiment requirements.

Nation: UK
Type / Application: Science
Operator: SERC, NASA
Contractors: Marconi Space and Defence Systems
Power: 4 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Mass: 155 kg
Orbit: 605 km × 651 km, 55
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Ariel 6 (UK 6) 1979-047A 02.06.1979 WI LA-3 Scout-D1


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