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ERS 6 was a 31-cm-diameter balloon satellite. It was one of three spacecraft simultaneously placed into orbit by a single launch vehicle. The spacecraft carried only one experiment on board, a solar cell damage experiment. However, the satellite was also designed to investigate the effects of the solar radiation pressure on orbital characteristics (i.e. eccentricity and period) for a negligible atmospheric drag situation. The spacecraft returned solar cell damage data.

Alternate Names

  • TRS 1(C)
  • TRS 3
  • 00608
  • ERS6

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1963-05-09
Launch Vehicle: Atlas-Agena B
Launch Site: Point Arguello, United States
Mass: 0.68 kg

Funding Agency

  • Department of Defense-Department of the Air Force (United States)


  • Engineering

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Louis S. WalterProject ScientistNASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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