Proton Successfully Launches PanAmSat-8

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 4, 1998 – A Proton rocket blasted into space this morning from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan at 10:12 a.m (9:12 p.m. USA PST, Nov. 3) carrying PanAmSat Corporation’s PAS-8 communications satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit.

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Proton in Final Preparation to Launch PanAmSat-8

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 28, 1998 – International Launch Services (ILS) announced today that a combined Russian and American team is conducting final preparations to launch a Proton rocket on November 4 with PanAmSat Corporation’s PAS-8 communications satellite aboard. The rocket is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan at 10:12 a.m. (9:12 p.m. USA Pacific Standard Time, Nov. 3). The launch window is ten minutes long.

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Atlas Successfully Launches UHF F/O F9

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Oct. 20, 1998 – A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIA rocket successfully launched the Ultra High Frequency Follow-On (UHF F/O) F9 communications satellite into intermediate transfer orbit early this morning from Complex 36, Pad A. Liftoff occurred at 3:19 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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Atlas Successfully Launches HOT BIRD 5 for Eutelsat

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Oct. 9, 1998 – A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIA rocket successfully launched the HOT BIRD 5 television broadcast satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit this evening from Complex 36, Pad B. Liftoff occurred at 6:50 p.m. EDT. It was the fifth successful Atlas launch of 1998 from Cape Canaveral Air Station and the 40th consecutive successful flight.

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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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