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ATLAS READY TO LAUNCH GALAXY CABLE TELEVISION SATELLITE

 ATLAS READY TO LAUNCH GALAXY CABLE TELEVISION SATELLITE
 SAN DIEGO, Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- A General Dynamics Atlas is scheduled to launch a Galaxy communications satellite on Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The launch window opens at 6:39 p.m. EDT and extends until 7:54 p.m. A second window is open from 8:26 p.m. to 8:39 p.m. EDT, and a third window is open from 9:10 p.m. to 10:20 p.m. EDT.
 The commercial Atlas I launch vehicle, designated AC-71, will boost the Hughes cable-dedicated satellite from Launch Complex 36B. Designated as Galaxy I-R, the satellite is a replacement for the Galaxy I now in service. The satellite features high-transmit power, improved internal redundancy and an extended life. Once on station, Galaxy will serve major cable television programmers, including HBO, ESPN, The Disney Channel, A&E, Cinemax and the USA Network.
 This will be the fifth launch of Atlas this year and the second Galaxy mission as the company moves steadily toward its goal of launching 10 Atlases a year from Launch Complex 36. General Dynamics successfully launched its first Atlas IIA in June sending an INTELSAT K communications satellite into a precision orbit. Also, two successful Atlas II missions for the U.S. Air Force were carried out.
 General Dynamics Space Systems Division, headquartered in San Diego, produces the Atlas family of launch vehicles, 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. (CLS) 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. CLS has commitments for 25 commercial launches through the 1990s.
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 /CONTACT: Julie Andrews of General Dynamics, (San Diego) 619-547-9000 or (Cocoa Beach), 407-784-8183 or 407-783-9222/
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