|Mission type||Earth imaging|
|Operator||NASA / NOAA|
|Mission duration||Failed to orbit|
|Launch mass||2,750 kilograms (6,060 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||October 5, 1993|
|Launch site||Vandenberg AFB SLC-4W|
|Perigee altitude||705 kilometres (438 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||705 kilometres (438 mi)|
Landsat 6, equipped with upgraded versions of the instruments on Landsat 5, was designed to carry forward the Landsat program. It was launched on October 5, 1993 with a Titan II launch vehicle, but failed to reach orbit. Landsat 6 omitted the Multi-Spectral Scanner found on its predecessors, but carried an Enhanced Thematic Mapper, which improved on the previous Thematic Mapper by adding a 15m-resolution panchromatic band.
The satellite was constructed from aluminum and used graphite struts. Landsat 6 had a hydrazine propulsion system. The spacecraft was powered by one solar array that had single-axis articulation and produced 1430 W. The power was stored in two NiCd batteries that had a capacity of 100 Ah. Data collected from the sensors was stored on tapes and transmitted to ground stations at 85 Mbit/s. The satellite was stabilized to 0.1 degrees in all three axes by using reaction wheels.
The Enhanced Thematic Mapper was designed and manufactured by Santa Barbara Research Center.
Landsat 6 was launched aboard a Titan II launch vehicle from Vandenberg Air Force Base on October 5, 1993.
Landsat 6 separated from the Titan II launch vehicle as programmed, but an explosion in its liquid fuel system upon separation doomed the satellite. Martin Marietta and NOAA both convened review boards to investigate the failure. Both boards determined that Landsat 6 did not achieve orbit due to a ruptured hydrazine manifold, and recommended a task force investigate hydrazine feed systems that were "safe and failure-free".