Atlas Selected for HISPASAT 1C Launch

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 26, 1998 – International Launch Services (ILS) announced today that HISPASAT S.A., a Madrid-based satellite operator, and Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services have signed a contract to launch the HISPASAT 1C satellite on an Atlas IIAS. The launch is presently scheduled for late 1999 from Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), FL.

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Atlas Successfully Launches Galaxy VIII-i Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Dec. 8, 1997 –  A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIAS rocket successfully launched the Galaxy VIII-i commercial direct-to-home television broadcast satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit this evening from Complex 36, Pad B, at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), FL. Liftoff occurred at 6:52 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. It was the eighth and final 1997 Atlas launch and the 35th consecutive success for Atlas.

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Atlas Successfully Launches Military Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Oct. 24, 1997 – A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIA rocket successfully launched the sixth Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) III spacecraft this evening from Complex 36, Pad A, at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), FL. Liftoff occurred at 8:46 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

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Atlas Rocket Will Launch U.S. Air Force Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Oct. 21, 1997 – A Lockheed Martin Atlas IIA rocket is completing final preparations to launch a communications satellite for the U.S. Air Force at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), Fla. on October 24. The sixth in the series of spacecraft for the Defense Satellite Communications System III (DSCS III)program will be launched from Complex 36A at the opening of a 79-minute launch window that extends from 7:37 to 8:56 p.m. EDT. This is the seventh of eight planned Atlas missions from CCAS this year.

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Atlas Successfully Launches EchoStar III Satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL Air Station, Fla., Oct. 5, 1997 – A Lockheed Martin Astronautics Atlas IIAS rocket successfully launched the EchoStar III commercial communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit this afternoon from Complex 36, Pad B, at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), FL. Liftoff occurred right on time at 5:01 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. It was the sixth successful Atlas launch of 1997 from CCAS and the thirty-third consecutive successful flight for Atlas/Centaur.

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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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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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