Atlas III RD-180 Engine Successful Test Firing

HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA, July 29, 1998 – Lockheed Martin Astronautics made history today by successfully conducting the first test firing of a Russian rocket engine at a U.S. government facility. An RD-180 engine with its prototype Atlas IIIA rocket booster stage rumbled for 10 seconds at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Atlas Successfully Launches INTELSAT 805 Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., June 18, 1998 – A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIAS rocket successfully launched the INTELSAT 805 communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit this evening from Complex 36, Pad A, at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), Fla. Liftoff occurred on time at 6:48 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. It was the fourth successful launch of 1998 for Atlas, the 39th consecutive successful flight, and the 550th overall flight of an Atlas booster.

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NRO Selects Atlas III for Satellite Launch

SAN DIEGO, June 11, 1998 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas IIIA rocket has been selected by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) to launch a classified payload from Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), Fla. The launch date will be selected based on the NRO’s operational requirements.

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Proton Successfully Launches EchoStar IV Satellite

BAIKONUR COSMODROME, KAZAKHSTAN, May 8, 1998 –A Proton rocket blasted into space this morning from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan at 5:45 a.m. (7:45 p.m. USA EDT, May 7) carrying the EchoStar IV commercial communications satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit.

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Proton Failure Investigation Concluded

SAN DIEGO, April 29, 1998 -International Launch Services (ILS) announced today that the Lockheed Martin Independent Failure Review Oversight Board report on the Proton launch failure of December 25, 1997, has been approved for release subject to certain limitations imposed by the Russian and U.S. governments.

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AC-122 Pre-Launch News Release

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, FL, March 28, 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 cooperative that operates a global system of satellites to provide mobile satellite communications at sea, in the air and on land. The Inmarsat-3 F1 satellite will be launched from Complex 36A on April 1 at the opening of a 37-minute launch window that extends from 6:04 to 6:41 p.m. EST.

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Atlas Successfully Launches INTELSAT 806 Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Feb. 27 1998 – A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIAS rocket successfully launched the INTELSAT 806 communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit this evening from Complex 36, Pad B, at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), Fla. Liftoff occurred right on time at 7:21 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. It was the second successful launch of 1998 for Atlas and the 37th consecutive successful flight.

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