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COMMERCIAL ATLAS TO BOOST GALAXY CABLE TELEVISION SATELLITE

 COMMERCIAL ATLAS TO BOOST GALAXY CABLE TELEVISION SATELLITE
 SAN DIEGO, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) announced today that the launch of the Galaxy V communications satellite is scheduled for Feb. 27 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
 A commercial Atlas I, designated AC-72, will boost the Hughes cable-dedicated satellite from Launch Complex 36B. Once in geosynchronous orbit, Galaxy V will provide distribution service for the leading names in cable television including HBO, CNN, TNT, ESPN and the Disney Channel.
 This will be the second Atlas launch this month. On Feb. 10, the first Atlas II used by the U.S. Air Force successfully boosted a Defense Satellite Communications Systems payload into orbit from Launch Complex 36A. Three additional commercial Atlas launch vehicles are scheduled for launch later this year including the first of 10 UHF communications satellites for the U.S. Navy, Intelsat K and another Galaxy cable television satellite.
 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. a subsidiary of General Dynamics 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 24 commercial launches through the 1990s.
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 /NOTE: AC-72/Galaxy V Launch Events:
 NEWS BRIEFING
 A pre-launch briefing for the press is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. EST, Feb. 26, at the Crossway Inn, Cocoa Beach, Fla. Panel members include:
 Marty Winkler division vice president - Launch
 Operations General Dynamics Space Systems
 Division
 Charlie Lloyd vice president and managing director,
 General Dynamics Commercial Launch
 Services, Inc.
 Jerry Farrell senior vice president, Hughes
 Communications
 45th Space Wing Launch Weather Forecaster
 PRESS VIEWING
 Media representatives wishing to cover the launch will meet L-minus 90 minutes at the CCAFS Pass and ID Center. Commemorative press badges will be issued to those attending the pre-launch news conference the morning of launch and the balance to those covering the lunch at the press site rendezvous. Accredited press will caravan to Press Site 1 under 45th Space Wing Public Affairs escort.
 REMOTE CAMERA SET-UP
 Photographers wishing to set up remote cameras at Launch Complex 36 will meet at the CCAFS Pass and ID Center at 10 a.m. on launch day for escort to the launch site by a General Dynamics representative.
 LAUNCH COVERAGE
 Launch of AC-72 will be carried live on Galaxy 6, Transponder 5, beginning at 5 p.m. EST. Dial-up audio of the commentary can be accessed by calling 407-853-6050.
 AC-72/GALAXY V PRESS INFORMATION CENTER
 General Dynamics will activate a Press Information Center on Feb. 25 at Howard Johnson's in Cocoa Beach. It will be staffed from 8 a.m.-5 p.m daily. When the center is not staffed, recorded launch updates can be accessed by calling 407-730-5207 or 800-852-5980./
 /CONTACT: Jack Isabel for General Dynamics, 619-547-9003 (San Diego), 407-784-8183 (Cocoa Beach) or 407-783-9222 (Cocoa Beach)/
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