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FLIGHT 57 -- ANOTHER SUCCESS FOR ARIANESPACE

 WASHINGTON, June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Arianespace successfully placed into orbit the Galaxy IV telecommunications satellite for Hughes Communications Inc.
 Europe's ARIANE 42P launcher, equipped with two solid strap-on boosters, lifted off from the Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, on June 24 at:
 9:18 p.m. Kourou, French Guiana
 8:18 p.m. (EDT) Washington
 12:18 a.m. GMT on June 25
 2:18 a.m. Paris time on June 25
 Following the success of this latest mission, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Charles Bigot said: "This evening's launch, initially scheduled for earlier this year, was postponed for further checks, first on the satellite and then the launcher. Tonight's success validates Hughes and Arianespace's cautious and professional approach during the launch campaign, while illustrating the ongoing reciprocal adaptability between Arianespace and its customers. If we are to handle five more launches by the end of the year, we must be able to maintain operational control over unexpected events such as these. So see you all again in less than one month for Flight 58!"
 Provisional parameters at third stage injection into geostationary orbit were:
 Perigee: 199.9 km (plus/minus 1 km) for a target of 199.8 km
 Apogee: 27668 km (plus/minus 100 km) for a target of 27,673 km
 Inclination: 7.028 degrees (plus/minus 0.05 degrees) for a target
 of 7.0 degrees
 The Perigee Velocity Augmentation (PVA) procedure, that will extend the satellite's life in orbit by more than a year, was used for the second time.
 Galaxy IV is the third HS 601 body-stabilized model, developed by Hughes Aircraft Company and built at El Segundo, Calif., to be launched by Arianespace. Weighing 2,988 kg (6,574 lb.) at launch, Galaxy IV will be positioned above the eastern Pacific, and will provide telecommunications, television and data transmission services of more than 13 years.
 The next Arianespace launch is currently scheduled for July 21, 1993. Flight 58, will use an ARIANE 44L to launch two telecommunications satellites: Hispasat 1B for Hispasat of Spain, and Insat 2B for the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
 Following Flight 57, Arianespace's backlog now stands at 39 satellites to be launched, worth approximately 17.4 billion francs (about US $3.2 billion).
 Arianespace, an industrial and commercial company, is a world leader in the provision of commercial space transportation services. Arianespace also markets and sells Ariane launch services and provides launch operations from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. Arianespace Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Arianespace, is responsible for marketing launch services in the United States; a liaison office in Tokyo assures an Arianespace presence in Japan and in the Pacific region.
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 /CONTACT: Michelle Lyle of Arianespace Inc., 202-628-3936, Claude Sanchez of Arianespace S.A., 33/1-6087-60-13/14, or Dieter Brand of Arianespace Tokyo, 813-3592-2766/


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