Atlas IIA Successfully Launches INMARSAT III

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Dec. 17, 1996 – A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIA rocket successfully launched the Inmarsat III F3 communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit this evening from Complex 36, Pad A. It was the seventh successful Atlas launch of 1996 from Cape Canaveral Air Station and the 27th consecutive successful flight.

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AC-129 is Prepared for Launch of Inmarsat III F3

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Dec. 11, 1996 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas rocket is undergoing final preparations at Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL, to launch a communications satellite for Inmarsat, the international joint venture whose global system of satellites provides mobile communications at sea, in the air and on land. This will be the second Atlas launch this year of an Inmarsat satellite.

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Proton Selected for ACeS Launch Services

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 11, 1996 – International Launch Services (ILS) has confirmed that the Russian Proton rocket will launch the first telecommunications satellite for the Asian consortium PT Asia Cellular Satellite (ACeS) in mid-1998.

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AC-124 Successfully Launches EUTELSAT HOT BIRD 2

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Nov. 21, 1996 – A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIA rocket successfully launched the HOT BIRD 2 television broadcast satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit this afternoon from Complex 36, Pad B. It was the sixth successful Atlas launch of 1996 from Cape Canaveral Air Station and the 26th consecutive successful flight.

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Proton and Atlas Selected for ICO Launch Services

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 25, 1996 – International Launch Services (ILS) announced today that Hughes Space and Communications International, Inc. has elected to use four options under existing Proton and Atlas launch service contracts to launch mobile communications satellites for ICO Global Communications.

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Additional Air Force Launches For Atlas IIAS

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 7, 1996 – Lockheed Martin’s Atlas launch vehicle has been selected for the U.S. Air Force’s Atlas IIAS program. A contract for one firm launch and five options was announced by the Air Force on Aug. 30, and an option for a second firm launch was exercised by the Air Force on Sept. 6. This brings the Atlas backlog of firm launch commitments to 29, six military and 23 commercial.

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Proton #220 Successfully Launches Express

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 27, 1996 – International Launch Services is proud to report another successful launch of a Proton launch vehicle on 26 September 1996, at 9:50 p.m., Moscow time. The “Express” satellite was launched by a 4 stage Proton launch vehicle. This Proton was launched from area 200 in Baikonur.

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Proton #219 Successfully Launches INMARSAT III F2

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 10, 1996 – International Launch Services is proud to report another successful launch of a Proton launch vehicle on September 6, 1996, at 9:37 p.m., Moscow time. The “Inmarsat-3” satellite was launched by a 4 stage Proton launch vehicle. This Proton was launched from area 81 in Baikonur. This represents the second launch of a Western built satellite by the Proton launch vehicle.

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AC-123 Successfully Launches GE-1

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Sept. 8, 1996 – A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIA rocket successfully launched the GE-1 commercial communications satellite into supersynchronous transfer orbit this evening from Complex 36, Pad B. It was the fifth successful Atlas launch of 1996 from Cape Canaveral Air Station and the 25th consecutive successful flight for Atlas.

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