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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Atlas Rocket Successfully Launches TEMPO Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., March 8, 1997 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas IIA rocket, designated AC-128, successfully launched the TEMPO direct broadcast satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit early this morning from Complex 36A at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), FL. It was the 29th consecutive successful Atlas launch from CCAS and the second Atlas launch of 1997.

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Atlas Successfully Launches Japanese Comm Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Feb. 16, 1997 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS rocket, designated AC-127, successfully launched the JCSAT-4 communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit tonight from Complex 36B at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), FL. JCSAT-4 follows the successful launch of JCSAT-3 by Atlas in August of 1995. Tonight’s launch was the 28th consecutive success for Atlas and the first of nine Atlas missions from CCAS this year.

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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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