Successful AC-126 Palapa C1 Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Jan. 31, 1996 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas IIAS rocket, designated AC-126, successfully launched the Palapa C1 communications satellite for PT Satelit Palapa Indonesia (Satelindo) tonight from Complex 36B at Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL. It was the first launch of 1996 for Atlas and the first launch of a Palapa C for Satelindo.


AC-126 Pre-Launch Preparations Complete

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Jan. 25 1996 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas rocket is undergoing final preparations at Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL, to launch its first mission of 1996. The Palapa C1 communication satellite will be launched from Complex 36B for PT Satelit Palapa Indonesia (Satelindo) on January 31 at the opening of a 92-minute launch window that extends from 7:50 to 9:22 p.m. EST.


Lockheed Martin Selects RD-180 to Power Atlas IIAR

DENVER, CO, January 17, 1996 – Lockheed Martin Astronautics announced today it has selected the Pratt & Whitney unit of United Technologies Corporation and its Russian partner, NPO Energomash, to supply the RD-180 rocket engine for the new Atlas IIAR space launch vehicle. A firm contract with the Pratt & Whitney NPO Energomash team is expected to be signed after approval by the Russian government of the appropriate export licenses to support the program. Lockheed Martin is developing the Atlas IIAR to reduce costs, simplify operations and improve the reliability of launch services the company provides to U.S. government, and international and domestic commercial customers. NPO Energomash has been developing the RD-180 since March 1994 and, together with Pratt & Whitney, has agreed to meet the requirements for the first launch of an Atlas IIAR in December 1998.


AC-120 Pre-Launch News Release

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, FL, December 11 1995 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas rocket is undergoing final preparations at Cape Canaveral Air Station, FL, to launch the Galaxy III-R satellite for Hughes Communications, Inc. on December 14, 1995. The 54-minute launch window extends from 7:23 to 8:17 p.m. EST. This will be the eleventh Atlas launch from the Cape this year. All ten previous missions have been successful.


Creation of International Launch Services

PARIS, June 10, 1995 – Lockheed Martin, Khrunichev Enterprises and NPO Energia announced today the formation of a new company to market commercial Atlas and Proton launch services worldwide. ILS-International Launch Services-will ensure that customers receive full advantage of both products, from contract signing through on-orbit delivery.


Selection of Proton for ASTRA 1F Launch

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 1, 1995 – Societe Europienne des Satellites (SES) confirmed last week that the ASTRA 1F Satellite will be launched on a Lockheed-Khrunichev-Energia International, Inc. (LKEI), Russian Proton launch vehicle in March 1996. The 1F satellite will be capable of delivering digital compressed signals for Direct-to-Home (DTH) and cable TV reception. SES has also reserved other options with LKEI for future satellite launches.


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