Re: Decay update - The Westford Needles

Larry Klaes (
Tue, 4 Jun 1996 09:42:34 -0400 (EDT)

On Mon, 3 Jun 1996, Alan Pickup wrote:

> The Westford Needles debris #18978 = 63- 14 DR appears to have decayed
> at about May 31.1, though tracking may have been lost a day before this.

Are you saying that there are needles from that 1963 experiment which are 
still re-entering Earth's atmosphere?  Any idea on how many are still in 
orbit?  If so, what are their decay dates?

Does anyone have details on the Westford Needles project?  I know it
had something to do with communicating during a nuclear war without the
need of a vulnerable satellite.