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ATLAS I SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES NAVY COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE

 CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- A General Dynamics Atlas I rocket successfully launched the U.S. Navy Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) Follow-on F2 satellite from Launch Complex 36B this morning.
 It was the third successful Atlas launch this year, the 510th Atlas launch overall and the 86th Centaur flight.
 "We are on our way to reestablishing the reliability record that historically has been the pride of Atlas," said Michael W. Wynne, General Dynamics Space Systems president. "It was critical for us to provide a good ride to orbit for Hughes and the Navy, whose communications mission is so important for the U.S. military."
 General Dynamics is under contract to Hughes Space and Communications Company to launch 9 spacecraft in the U.S. Navy UHF Follow-on program. The UHF F2 will be the first operational satellite in orbit in the Follow-on series after the first Atlas/UHF launch ended in too low an orbit earlier this year. UHF Follow-on satellites are replacing the Fleet Satellite Communications and Leasat spacecraft presently supporting the Navy's communication network.
 The Atlas I, with a GTO payload capability of 4,970 pounds, is one of four variants in the Atlas family. Additional Atlas I backlog includes three Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) plus two options for NASA and the X-ray Astronomy Satellite for the Italian Space Agency. Total Atlas backlog numbers 30 launch commitments through the 1990s, 22 commercial and 8 military.
 General Dynamics Space Systems, headquartered in San Diego, CA, produces the Atlas boosters, the Centaur upper stage and other launch vehicle components. Commercial Launch Services, Inc., a subsidiary of General Dynamics based in San Diego, offers a full launch services package to its domestic and international customers.
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 /CONTACT: Julie C. Andrews of General Dynamics, 407-784-8183 (Cocoa Beach) or 407-783-9222 (Cocoa Beach) or 619-974-3600 (San Diego)/


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