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astronautix.com Westford Needles


Class: Communications. Type: Passive. Nation: USA.

In an attempt to lay a radio-reflective ring around the world, small metal dipole needs were allowed to sublimate out of a matrix. The experiment was greatly criticized by astronomers who feared optical and radio pollution. However the needles apparently didn't work as a radio reflector and the feared effects did not come to pass.


Specification


Westford Needles Chronology


21 October 1961 Westford Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas LV-3A / Agena B.
09 April 1962 West Ford Drag Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas LV-3A / Agena B.
09 May 1963 Westford Launch Site: Vandenberg . Launch Vehicle: Atlas LV-3A / Agena B.

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