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ATLAS LAUNCH A SUCCESS FROM CAPE CANAVERAL

 CAPE CANAVERAL Air Force Station, Fla., Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- A U.S. Air Force/General Dynamics Atlas II successfully launched a Defense Satellite Communications Systems (DSCS) III payload into geosynchronous transfer orbit tonight from Complex 36A. It was the fourth launch of Atlas II/DSCS III, all successful.
 Designated AC-106, the mission was the fifth Atlas launch this year for General Dynamics Space Systems Division, the 511th launch overall of an Atlas vehicle and the 87th Centaur flight.
 "The Atlas II has performed flawlessly for the Air Force's DSCS program," said Michael W. Wynne, General Dynamics Space Systems President. "The General Dynamics and Air Force partnership continues to achieve important milestones for the military space program."
 Atlas II is one of four launch vehicles making up the Atlas family. The 150-foot tall rocket is capable of lifting payloads in the 6,000 pound class into geosynchronous orbit. General Dynamics is under contract to the Air Force for nine launches plus two options in the Medium Launch Vehicle (MLV) II program.
 DSCS III provides secure voice, high-data rate, and super high frequency communications for the Department of Defense, State Department and other U.S. government agencies.
 General Dynamics Space Systems Division has a backlog of 29 launch commitments through the 1990s, including 22 commercial and 7 military. Atlas and Centaur production takes place at Space Systems facilities in San Diego; Harlingen, Texas; and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
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 /CONTACT: Julie C. Andrews of General Dynamics, 619-974-3600, or 407-783-9222/


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