AC-125 Successfully Launches UHF F/O F7

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., July 25, 1996 – A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas II rocket successfully launched the Ultra High Frequency Follow-On (UHF F/O) F7 communications satellite into intermediate transfer orbit this morning from Complex 36, Pad A. It was the fourth successful Atlas launch of 1996 from Cape Canaveral Air Station and the 24th consecutive successful flight for Atlas.

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SS/Loral Orders First Two Atlas IIAR vehicles

SAN DIEGO, June 24, 1996 – International Launch Services (ILS) has acquired the first commercial customer for the newest Atlas launch vehicle, the IIAR, which is in development at Lockheed Martin Astronautics and scheduled for first flight in 1998 from Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL.

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SES Awards ASTRA 1G Launch to Proton

SAN DIEGO, June 13, 1996 – Societe Europeenne des Satellites (SES) has confirmed that a Proton rocket will launch its ASTRA 1G broadcast satellite in the second quarter of 1997, International Launch Services (ILS) announced today.

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EchoStar Launches Awarded to Atlas and Proton

SAN DIEGO, May 30, 1996 – International Launch Services (ILS) formally signed a contract today to provide launch services to EchoStar Communications Corp. on each of its two launch vehicles, the Lockheed Martin Atlas and the Russian-built Proton. An Atlas IIAS will launch EchoStar’s third high-power direct broadcast satellite in the time period September 1997 through November 1997, and a Proton will launch EchoStar IV in the first quarter of 1998.

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AC-78 SAX Mission Successful Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., April 30, 1996 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas I rocket, designated AC-78, successfully launched the Satellite per Astronomia a raggi X (SAX) spacecraft early this morning from Complex 36B at Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL. It was the 23rd consecutive successful Atlas launch from Cape Canaveral and the 100th Atlas/Centaur mission.

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First Commercial Proton Launch is Successful

MOSCOW, April 9 1996 – A combined Russian, American and European team made space history today with the first launch of a Western satellite on a Russian rocket. The Proton launch vehicle carried the ASTRA 1F satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit early this morning with a dazzling liftoff at 5:09 a.m. (7:09 p.m EDT, April 8) from Baikonur Cosmodrome in the Republic of Kazakhstan.

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AC-122 Successful Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., April 3, 1996 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas IIA rocket, designated AC-122, successfully launched the first of the new-generation Inmarsat communications satellites tonight from Complex 36A at Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL. Inmarsat-3 F1 was launched into geosynchronous transfer orbit. It was the 22nd consecutive successful Atlas launch from Cape Canaveral and the second successful launch of 1996.

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Proton ASTRA 1F Launch Re-Scheduled

SAN DIEGO, March 18, 1996 – The first commercial Proton launch has been rescheduled for April 9 (early morning Baikonur time, early evening April 8 US Eastern time), International Launch Services (ILS) announced today. The launch had originally been scheduled for 28 March.

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