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GENERAL DYNAMICS COMMERCIAL LAUNCH SERVICES ANNOUNCES 8 PERCENT PERFORMANCE GO?R ATLAS FAMILY

 GENERAL DYNAMICS COMMERCIAL LAUNCH SERVICES ANNOUNCES
 8 PERCENT PERFORMANCE GO?R ATLAS FAMILY
 SAN DIEGO, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Commercial Launch Services (CLS) announced an 8 percent performance growth for its Atlas family
of launch vehicles. The announcement was made today at the AIAA Communication Satellite Conference in Washington, and the Space Commerce Conference in Montreaux, Switzerland.
 "The performance growth increase in payload lift capability is in response to customer requirements for launch of larger, more capable spacecraft planned for the 1990s," said Charlie Lloyd, CLS vice president and managing director. Lloyd said CLS will also be able to offer both "standard" and "custom" Atlas missions to its customers to cover a wider range of performance needs.
 The enhance capability results from a number of launch vehicle hardware and software advancements referred to as the Block I enhancements package. It includes an improved Centaur main engine with an increased thrust of 1,500 pounds and a specific impulse (ISP) increase of two seconds. The ISP measures the efficiency of the engine.
 "The company will continue to offer the existing configuration of Atlas for missions which do not require the increased performance," said Dennis Dunbar, CLS vice president-programs and technical operations. "Standard" and "custom" mission designs will be offered with the existing configurations to meet customer needs. "The 'standard' mission is one constrained to a specific standard geosynchronous transfer orbit," he said. "The 'custom' mission is one optimized for achieving the highest lifetime or spacecraft dry mass capability using Centaur's unique mission targeting capabilities."
 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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