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.
|Type / Application:||Science|
|Contractors:||Marconi Space and Defence Systems|
|Power:||4 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|Orbit:||605 km × 651 km, 55°|
|Ariel 6 (UK 6)||1979-047A||02.06.1979||WI LA-3||Scout-D1|