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BECHTEL REACHES JOB COMPLETION AND CONTRACT CLOSE OUT ON LAUNCH COMPLEX-40

 BECHTEL REACHES JOB COMPLETION AND
 CONTRACT CLOSE OUT ON LAUNCH COMPLEX-40
 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Launch Complex-40 (LC-40), a 26-story, 11-million-pound facility, has been completed in just 24 months, Martin Marietta and Bechtel National Inc. announced today.
 "We're pleased with the success of the whole project," said William L. Friend, executive vice president of Bechtel Group Inc. "Achieving job completion and contract closeout with no issues outstanding, in such a timely manner, can be attributed to the dedication and talent of our people, suppliers, and craftsmen as well as the close working relationship we've had with Martin Marietta and the U.S. Air Force."
 LC-40's fast-track schedule was driven by a launch window requirement for the September '92 launch of NASA's Mars Observer spacecraft during the four-week period when the planets will be optimally aligned -- an opportunity that occurs only once every two years.
 "We often had as many as 700 Bechtel employees on site working 7 days a week to ensure LC-40 was completed on time," said Friend.
 Frederick H. Hudoff, president of Martin Marietta Corp. said, "Launch Complex-40 is a national asset which will serve our country's launch needs for many years. It is fitting that the first mission from LC-40 will be our country's return to the planet Mars."
 LC-40 is comprised of two major structures, a stationary umbilical tower (UT) and a mobile service tower (MST). The UT is 170 feet high with 21 movable platforms. The MST measures 345,000 cubic feet. Larger than Bechtel's 23-story world headquarters building in San Francisco, it is considered to be the heaviest mobile structure ever built.
 The mobile service tower can be moved 700 feet away from the UT by four electric-powered hydraulic trucks on rails. It is the most advanced facility of its kind with innovative features such as platforms that can easily be changed to adapt the tower to fit different sized rockets. The MST also has a modern communications system, stringent security system, and is designed to withstand 100 miles-per-hour winds.
 Bechtel also designed and built facilities to house heating ventilation/air conditioning systems and performed other launch pad modifications.
 The original LC-40 facilities, which launched 37 crafts between 1965 and 1990, were demolished and replaced with new facilities designed and built by Bechtel. The new LC-40 facilities are expected to serve Air Force and NASA needs for the next 15 years.
 Bechtel Group Inc. is a San Francisco-based international engineering-construction company. Bechtel National Inc. is its arm for space, defense, and telecommunications work.
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 NOTE: To receive a color slide of the LC-40 project, call Carri West of Bechtel, 415-768-6808.
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