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GENERAL DYNAMICS ATLAS II SUCCESSFULLY ORBITS EUTELSAT SATELLITE

 GENERAL DYNAMICS ATLAS II SUCCESSFULLY ORBITS EUTELSAT SATELLITE
 CAPE CANAVERAL AFS, Fla., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The first flight of a General Dynamics Atlas II today successfully launched a communications satellite for the European Telecommunications Satellite Organization (EUTELSAT).
 The Atlas II (Atlas/Centaur-102) lifted off from Launch Complex 36B, and successful separation of the EUTELSAT II spacecraft, built by Aerospatiale (France), occurred approximately 30 minutes after liftoff as planned. Early indications are that the satellite is in a nominal orbit. However, orbital data and spacecraft systems information will be made available within the next 24 hours by EUTELSAT representatives.
 "Today's successful launch of the newest member in our family of launch vehicles is a quality tribute to our factory team, our launch team and our suppliers as we begin the re-start of Atlas launches from the Cape," said Michael W. Wynne, vice president and general manager of Space Systems Division. "EUTELSAT signed on as our first commercial customer and I know our entire team shares their pride in successfully delivering the EUTELSAT spacecraft to orbit," he said.
 Launch of the EUTELSAT II communications satellite was the third commercial launch of Atlas and marks the end of a stand-down. General Dynamics plans on a full schedule in 1992 and will fully recover to its planned launch schedule by the third quarter of 1992. General Dynamics Commercial Launch Services, Inc., established in 1988, has 24 additional commercial launch commitments over the next several years. With this success, sales are expected to add to this quantity throughout 1992.
 "The increase in customer confidence and commitments, shown by our current order backlog, indicates that we are making significant strides in achieving a leadership position in an important commercial marketplace," said Charlie Lloyd, vice president and managing director for Commercial Launch Services, Inc.
 General Dynamics Space Systems Division, headquartered in San Diego, Calif., produces the Atlas launch vehicle, 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 (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.
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 /CONTACT: Jack Isabel or Julie Andrews of General Dynamics, in Florida, 407-784-8183, 407-784-1667, or 407-784-1848/
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