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ATLAS I SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES GALAXY V SATELLITE

 ATLAS I SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES GALAXY V SATELLITE
 CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- A


General Dynamics Atlas I launch vehicle successfully boosted the Hughes Galaxy V communications satellite today from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Successful separation of the spacecraft occurred approximately 30 minutes after liftoff as planned.
 "This is our second successful launch this year, and it signals what is to be a busy year for us at Cape Canaveral as we build to our planned launch rate of eight per year for our commercial and military customers," said Michael W. Wynne, vice president and general manager of the General Dynamics Space Systems Division.
 On Feb. 10, the first Atlas II for the U.S. Air Force successfully boosted a Defense Satellite Communications Systems payload from here. Three additional commercial Atlas launch vehicles are scheduled for launch later this year including the first of 10 UHF communications satellites for the U.S. Navy, Intelsat K and another Galaxy cable television satellite.
 General Dynamics Commercial Launch Services Inc., established in 1988, has 23 commercial launch commitments over the next several years. Atlas II for the Air Force's Defense Satellite Communication System (DSCS) adds another nine launches to General Dynamics' manifest.
 "Our commercial backlog puts us in a strong position in an extremely competitive marketplace," said Charles H. Lloyd, vice president and managing director for Commercial Launch Services Inc. "With each success, the proven reliability of our Atlas family of launch vehicles reinforces customer confidence as we pursue additional business."
 Galaxy V replaces Westar V and is the first of Hughes Communications' two next-generation cable-dedicated satellites scheduled for launch this year on Atlas. Once in geosynchronous orbit, Galaxy V will provide distribution service for the leading names in cable television including HBO, CNN, TNT, ESPN and the Disney Channel.
 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.
 Commercial Launch Services Inc., a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) based in San Diego, offers a full launch services package that includes the launch vehicle, complete launch operations, integration of the spacecraft, dedicated mission management and post- launch validation of spacecraft separation and orbit.
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