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MARTIN MARIETTA ANNOUNCES CEREMONY OF NEW LAUNCH COMPLEX AT CAPE CANAVERAL

 MARTIN MARIETTA ANNOUNCES CEREMONY OF NEW LAUNCH
 COMPLEX AT CAPE CANAVERAL
 PATRICK AFB, Fla., July 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A ceremony marking the activation of the new $3.5 million Launch Complex 40 (LC-40) at Cape Canaveral AFB, Fla., is scheduled July 7, at the complex.
 The new facility is ready to support its first launch after only two years of construction. LC-40 will provide integrated structures, ground systems and equipment to process and launch Titan vehicles.
 The first launch from the new LC-40 will be a Martin Marietta Corp. Commercial Titan III rocket carrying NASA's Mars Observer. This mission must launch between Sept. 16 and Oct. 13, 1992. If not, it would be delayed for two years until the combination of energy, mass and the relative positions of the Earth to Mars would again allow the satellite to reach Mars.
 Several Titan Launch configurations will be available at LC-40: Titan IV with an inertial upper stage, Titan IV with no upper stage and commercial Titan. Phase two of the activation process scheduled for completion in late 1995 will provide Titan IV/Centaur capability. Titan IV is the Air Force's heavy-lift vehicle, capable of placing payloads weighing up to 10,000 pounds into geosynchronous orbit and 39,000 pounds into low earth orbit.
 Martin Marietta was awarded a contract in 1989 to rebuild LC-40. Major subcontractors on the project include the Bechtel National Corp. and the General Dynamics Corp.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: News media representatives wishing to attend the ceremony should contact Capt. Ken Warren or Ms. Terri Bracher at 303-494-7731, or call Bob Gordon or Terry Monrad at Martin Marietta, 407-853-9108
 /CONTACT: Terry Monrad of Martin Marietta, 407-853-9108/ CO: Martin Marietta Corp. ST: Florida IN: ARO SU:


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