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U.S. AIR FORCE/GENERAL DYNAMICS ATLAS II LAUNCH VEHICLE SUCCESSFULLY BOOSTS A MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE INTO ORBIT

       U.S. AIR FORCE/GENERAL DYNAMICS ATLAS II LAUNCH VEHICLE  SUCCESSFULLY BOOSTS A MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE INTO ORBIT
    CAPE CANAVERAL AFS, Fla., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A U.S. Air Force/General Dynamics Atlas II launch vehicle today successfully boosted a military communications satellite into orbit from Launch Complex 36A.
    This was the second launch of an Atlas II in the Air Force's Medium Launch Vehicle II program.  Like the first launch in February, the Atlas II boosted a Defense Satellite Communications System (DSCS) spacecraft into geosynchronous transfer orbit.
    The new-generation DSCS III satellite is an important part of a comprehensive plan to meet national military communications needs. It will be used for high priority communication between defense officials and field commanders and to transmit space operations and early warning data to various systems and users.
    This was the fourth consecutive launch this year for Space Systems Division's Atlas as the company continues to grow and sell its family of launch vehicles to military, government and commercial markets.  Space Systems has successfully launched two commercial and two military satellites this year.
    General Dynamics Space Systems Division, headquartered in San Diego, produces the Atlas launch vehicle, the Centaur upper stage and other launch vehicle components at its facilities in San Diego, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. and Harlingen, Texas.
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    /CONTACT:  Jack F. Isabel of General Dynamics, 407-783-9222/
    (GD) CO:  General Dynamics Space Systems Division ST:  Florida, California IN:  ARO SU: EH-AL -- SD006 -- 6397 07/02/92 19:00 EDT
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