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McDONNELL DOUGLAS WINS $1 BILLION SATELLITE LAUNCH CONTRACT

 HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Air Force has chosen McDonnell Douglas Aerospace's Delta II 7925 expendable launch vehicle to continue launching NAVSTAR Global Positioning Satellites with the Block IIR series beginning in 1996.
 The Medium Launch Vehicle III (MLV III) contract value could exceed $1 billion if all options are exercised. The contract covers up to 36 Delta II 7925 expendable launch vehicles and allows the Air Force the discretion to order from one to six launches per year. The contract calls for McDonnell Douglas to "launch-on-demand," that is launch within 40 days of an Air Force notice.
 "Launching on demand is a new approach to operational readiness for space launches, but it also underlines the Air Force's confidence in the Delta's reliability and our launch team's responsiveness. We have flown 41 Deltas in the last 6 1/2 years with 100 percent success," said Larry Gale, McDonnell Douglas MLV III program manager.
 Except for system enhancements, the Delta II used for the MLV III program is the same vehicle that has successfully launched 19 GPS Block II and IIA satellites under the Air Force Medium Launch Vehicle I contract. Nine additional GPS IIA launches are on the manifest with four scheduled for launch this year.
 System enhancements to the Delta include a modernized flight termination and avionics systems, and extended nozzles on the three air-lit graphite epoxy motors. These improvements will be qualified and flight-proven in advance of the first MLV III launch.
 As part of the proposal, McDonnell Douglas also offered the Air Force a growth option of using slightly larger diameter graphite epoxy motors for the three which are air-lit. This design would increase payload capacity of the Delta II.
 Launches of the GPS Block IIR satellites will occur from either space launch complex 17A or 17B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. This latest award will ensure that Delta is launching spacecraft through the year 2002.
 Delta IIs are manufactured at the McDonnell Douglas Aerospace plant in Huntington Beach, with final assembly at the plant in Pueblo, Colo.
 Major subcontractors include: Aerojet Propulsion Division, Sacramento, Calif.; Allied Signal Guidance and Control Systems Division, Teterboro, N.J.; Hercules Aerospace Co., Magna, Utah; Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International Corp., Canoga Park, Calif.; and Thiokol Corp., Elkton, Md.
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 /CONTACT: Anne McCauley or Sheila Carter of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 714-896-6211 or 714-896-1302/
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