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McDONNELL DOUGLAS DELTA COMPLETES 42 CONSECUTIVE SUCCESSFUL LAUNCHES

 HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Tonight's U.S. Air Force launch of a NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., is the 42nd consecutive successful launch of a McDonnell Douglas-built Delta rocket.
 "Out of those 42 flights, 20 have carried Air Force GPS satellites to transfer orbit," said Rick Arvesen, McDonnell Douglas' U.S. Air Force program manager. "In the early years, Delta carried the title `NASA's workhorse' -- we've proven that Delta is the `nation's workhorse,' delivering when required."
 A 7925 configuration of the Delta II boosted the U.S. Air Force GPS spacecraft into its transfer orbit. The GPS is a space-based radio navigation system that provides U.S. and allied land, sea and air forces and commercial users with worldwide, three-dimensional position and velocity information.
 Over the past 16 years and 85 launches, Delta rockets have maintained a 98.8 percent success record.
 The Delta launch vehicle is built by McDonnell Douglas Aerospace in Huntington Beach, with final assembly in Pueblo, Colo.
 Several major subcontractors contribute to the Delta: The Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International in Canoga Park, Calif., is responsible for the first stage main engine. Aerojet Propulsion Division, Sacramento, Calif., builds the second stage engine. Hercules Aerospace, Magna, Utah, manufactures the solid rocket boosters. Delco Systems of Goleta, Calif., produces the guidance computer on the second stage, and Thiokol of Ogden, Utah, provides the Star-48 motor for the Payload Assist Module -- the third stage.
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 /CONTACT: Sheila Carter-Hart or Evelyn Smith of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 714-896-1302 or 714-896-1700/


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