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Westford Radio Telescope

Built in 1961 to support Project West Ford, this very capable 18.3 meter (60 foot) radome-enclosed radio telescope has seen many uses throughout its life. In the begining it was used as an x-band radar to test the limits of communications technologies. Since 1981 its primary use has been in support of geodetic VLBI operations. The Westford Antenna also acts as a test bed for NASA in the development of new equipment and techniques supporting the worldwide geodetic VLBI program, and it is used to support the Terrestrial Air Link (TAL) program at Lincoln laboratory.

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