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ATLAS SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES INTELSAT SPACECRAFT

 ATLAS SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHES INTELSAT SPACECRAFT
 CAPE CANAVERAL AFS, Fla., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The first General


Dynamics Atlas IIA was successfully launched today, sending an INTELSAT K international broadcast satellite into orbit. Successful separation of the spacecraft occurred approximately 30 minutes after liftoff here from Launch Complex 36B as planned.
 "This first launch of an Atlas IIA is another significant confirmation of the proven reliability of our Atlas family of launch vehicles," said Michael W. Wynne, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Space Systems Division. "Today's launch will serve to reinforce the confidence of our commercial and military customers. It is equally important because it re-establishes a long and successful relationship between General Dynamics and the INTELSAT Organization."
 Earlier this month, space launch systems emerged as the fourth core business of the company joining tactical aircraft, submarines and armored vehicles that will form General Dynamics' future.
 James R. Mellor, president and chief operating officer of General Dynamics, said, "Today's success reflects the strong reliability of Atlas and our confidence that space launch systems will be an increasingly significant contributor to the corporation in the future."
 The Atlas IIA is the commercial derivative of the Atlas II that is launching military communications satellites for the U.S. Air Force. The uprated version of the Atlas II launch vehicle includes modifications to the Centaur upper stage. Centaur engine performance was improved by incorporating extendible nozzles and upgraded avionics over the baseline Atlas II.
 The INTELSAT K is a high power Ku band satellite, and once operational, will provide trans-Atlantic video and business services for international broadcasters. The spacecraft is also expected to be operational in time for the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain.
 General Dynamics Space Systems Division, headquartered in San Diego, produces the Atlas boosters, the Centaur upper stage, and other launch vehicle components. Commercial Launch Services Inc., a subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) based in San Diego, offers a full launch services package to its commercial customers. General Dynamics has commitments for 26 commercial launches through the 1990s and 10 launches of military communications satellites on the Atlas launch vehicle.
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