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AT&T'S TELSTAR 401 SET FOR LAUNCH; MICHIGAN SCHOOLS TO USE SATELLITE FOR DISTANCE LEARNING

 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Millions of Americans will get a "bird's eye" view of their favorite television programs next year because of a satellite launch today at the Air Force Station here, AT&T announced.
 On Tuesday evening, Dec. 14, when many TV viewers are watching their favorite shows, AT&T (NYSE: T) will be preparing to blast its newest satellite into space.
 The new "bird" -- known as Telstar 401 -- is one of the biggest, most powerful, most capable satellites ever built. It will be used by broadcasters such as ABC and PBS and leading syndicators to beam programs to network affiliates in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
 In addition, educational programmers will use the satellite to transmit instructional programs nationwide to students from kindergarten through post-graduate level. Michigan schools that will use the satellite for distance learning include Kalamazoo College, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, and the University of Michigan.
 Businesses also will use Telstar 401 for data networking, video conferencing and long-distance training.
 "Telstar 401 will set a new standard for video and data communications into the next century," said Ernie DeNigris, vice president and general manager of AT&T SKYNET(R) Satellite Services, the group that manages AT&T's domestic satellite business. "The satellite will begin service next month with the clearest transmissions and highest quality technology to meet our customers' rapidly evolving needs."
 Designed and manufactured by Martin Marietta Astro Space of New Jersey under the direction of AT&T Bell Laboratories, Telstar 401 is the first in a series of new-generation satellites for AT&T, the company that pioneered satellite communications more than 30 years ago with the launch of Telstar 1.
 The satellite is equipped with state-of-the-art systems that will provide almost interference-free transmissions for up to 12 years.
 The satellite launch, via an Atlas Centaur IIAS rocket manufactured by General Dynamics Space Systems Division of San Diego, is scheduled between 7 and 9 p.m. EST.
 The Atlas rocket will place the satellite into orbit at approximately 150 miles above the earth's surface.
 From there, engineers at AT&T's Satellite Operations Management Center in Hawley, Pa., will "fly" the craft to its final destination; geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles above the earth's equator.
 In the spring of 1994, AT&T will launch a second Telstar satellite into orbit to provide similar video and data services to broadcasters, educators and businesses.
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