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Ariel 6



UK 6 was the sixth and last satellite in the Ariel series. This satellite was launched on June 3, 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.

Alternate Names

  • 11382
  • Ariel6
  • UK 6
  • United Kingdom 6

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1979-06-02
Launch Vehicle: Scout
Launch Site: Wallops Island, United States
Mass: 154.5 kg

Funding Agencies

  • NASA-Office of Space Science Applications (United States)
  • Science Research Council, UK (United Kingdom)


  • Astronomy

Additional Information

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



NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
Dr. Lee R. Foster, Jr.General ContactNASA Langley Research Center
Mr. J. E. FosterProject ManagerRutherford Appleton Laboratory
Prof. J. Leonard CulhaneProject ScientistUniversity College,

[Ariel 6 Diagram]

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