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WESTFORD NEEDLES SATELLITES

Project West Ford (also known as Westford Needles and Project Needles) was a test carried out by Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory on behalf of the United States Military in 1961 and 1963 to create an artificial ionosphere above the Earth. This was done to solve a major weakness that had been identified in US military communications.

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NameNORAD IDInt'l CodeLaunch datePeriod
[minutes]
Action
WESTFORD NEEDLES6021963-014EMay 9, 1963166
WESTFORD NEEDLES6281963-014FMay 9, 1963166.8
WESTFORD NEEDLES6291963-014GMay 9, 1963166.4
WESTFORD NEEDLES7021963-014HMay 9, 1963166.3
WESTFORD NEEDLES23591963-014JMay 9, 1963165.8
WESTFORD NEEDLES23611963-014LMay 9, 1963166.3
WESTFORD NEEDLES23621963-014MMay 9, 1963164.3
WESTFORD NEEDLES23641963-014PMay 9, 1963166.2
WESTFORD NEEDLES23651963-014QMay 9, 1963165.7
WESTFORD NEEDLES23661963-014RMay 9, 1963158.4
WESTFORD NEEDLES23671963-014SMay 9, 1963164.3
WESTFORD NEEDLES23721963-014TMay 9, 1963166.2
WESTFORD NEEDLES23751963-014WMay 9, 1963164.5
WESTFORD NEEDLES23771963-014XMay 9, 1963165.9
WESTFORD NEEDLES23781963-014YMay 9, 1963166.2
WESTFORD NEEDLES23791963-014ZMay 9, 1963162.6
WESTFORD NEEDLES23801963-014AAMay 9, 1963165.8
WESTFORD NEEDLES23811963-014ABMay 9, 1963165.8
WESTFORD NEEDLES24311963-014ACMay 9, 1963165.9
WESTFORD NEEDLES25301963-014AJMay 9, 1963165.7
WESTFORD NEEDLES25311963-014AKMay 9, 1963166
WESTFORD NEEDLES25321963-014ALMay 9, 1963166.1
WESTFORD NEEDLES27961963-014AQMay 9, 1963165.9
WESTFORD NEEDLES29331963-014ARMay 9, 1963165.9
WESTFORD NEEDLES29491963-014ASMay 9, 1963164.1
WESTFORD NEEDLES29971963-014AUMay 9, 1963164.2
WESTFORD NEEDLES32391963-014BDMay 9, 1963166.4
WESTFORD NEEDLES32441963-014BJMay 9, 1963166.4
WESTFORD NEEDLES32551963-014BVMay 9, 1963166.2
WESTFORD NEEDLES32571963-014BXMay 9, 1963166.4
WESTFORD NEEDLES *32671963-014CFMay 9, 1963127.1
WESTFORD NEEDLES57021963-014CUMay 9, 1963165.9
WESTFORD NEEDLES185431963-014DJMay 9, 1963166.2
WESTFORD NEEDLES186151963-014DKMay 9, 1963164.9
WESTFORD NEEDLES186881963-014DMMay 9, 1963166.5
WESTFORD NEEDLES189621963-014DNMay 9, 1963164.9
WESTFORD NEEDLES190301963-014DYMay 9, 1963166.6
WESTFORD NEEDLES190511963-014EAMay 9, 1963166.1
WESTFORD NEEDLES190591963-014EGMay 9, 1963166.2
WESTFORD NEEDLES191091963-014EJMay 9, 1963165
WESTFORD NEEDLES192991963-014ELMay 9, 1963165.9
WESTFORD NEEDLES198911963-014ETMay 9, 1963166.2
WESTFORD NEEDLES199461963-014EUMay 9, 1963164.6
WESTFORD NEEDLES200051963-014EVMay 9, 1963116.6
WESTFORD NEEDLES200231963-014EZMay 9, 1963160.9
WESTFORD NEEDLES205041963-014FDMay 9, 1963163.7
WESTFORD NEEDLES216601963-014FGMay 9, 1963163.6