Atlas Rocket Ready to Launch EchoStar III Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Oct. 2, 1997 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS rocket is undergoing final preparations at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), FL, to launch a communications satellite for EchoStar Communications Corporation of Englewood, CO. EchoStar III will be launched from Complex 36B on October 5 at the opening of a launch window that extends from 5:01 p.m. to 7:28 p.m. EDT, subject to restrictions associated with potential Shuttle landing opportunities. This is the sixth of nine planned Atlas missions from CCAS this year.

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Atlas Successfully Launches GE-3 Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Sept. 4, 1997 – A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIAS rocket successfully launched the GE-3 commercial communications satellite into supersynchronous transfer orbit this morning from Complex 36, Pad A, at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), FL. Liftoff occurred right on time at 8:03 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. It was the fifth successful Atlas launch of 1997 from CCAS and the thirty-second consecutive successful flight for Atlas.

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Atlas Rocket Successfully Launches Superbird-C

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., July 27, 1997 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS rocket, designated AC-133, successfully launched Superbird-C, a Japanese communications satellite, into supersynchronous transfer orbit this evening from Complex 36B at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), FL. Liftoff occurred at 9:15 p.m. EDT. It was the thirty-first consecutive successful Atlas flight from CCAS.

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Atlas AC-133 Ready to Launch Superbird-C

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., July 22, 1997 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS rocket is undergoing final preparations at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), FL, to launch the Superbird-C communications satellite for Space Communications Corporation (SCC) of Japan. Superbird-C will be launched from Complex 36B on 25 July at the opening of a 40-minute launch window that extends from 8:54 to 9:34 p.m. EDT. This will be the fourth Atlas launch of 1997 from CCAS following the successful launches of AC-127/JCSAT-4 on 16 February, AC-128/TEMPO on 8 March, and AC-79/GOES-K on 25 April.

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Proton Rocket Readied to Launch TELSTAR 5

SAN DIEGO, May 20, 1997 – International Launch Services (ILS) announced today that a combined Russian and American team is conducting final preparations to launch a Proton rocket on May 24 with Loral Skynet’s TELSTAR 5 communications satellite aboard. The rocket is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Saturday, May 24 (11:00 p.m. Baikonur time). The launch window is ten minutes long.

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SES Confirms Proton Will Launch ASTRA 2A Satellite

SAN DIEGO, May 7, 1997 – International Launch Services (ILS) announced today that it has signed new business for the Russian-built Proton rocket. Proton will launch ASTRA 2A, a television broadcast satellite, for Societe Europeenne des Satellites (SES) in the fourth quarter of this year. SES is the private operator of the ASTRA satellite system providing television and radio programming to Europe.

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Atlas I Successfully Launches GOES-K

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., April 25, 1997 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas I rocket, designated AC-79, successfully launched the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite K (GOES K) into geosynchronous transfer orbit early this morning from Complex 36B at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), FL. Liftoff occurred right on time at 1:49 a.m. EDT. It was the 30th consecutive successful Atlas launch from CCAS, the third launch of 1997 and the last launch of the Atlas I configuration.

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