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HUGHES WILL PROVIDE TWTAs FOR KOREASAT PROGRAM

 HUGHES WILL PROVIDE TWTAs FOR KOREASAT PROGRAM
 TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Aircraft Co.'s


Electron Dynamics Division has received a contract from Matra Marconi Space, U.K., for traveling-wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs) to be used on two communications satellites for the Republic of Korea.
 The contract, valued at approximately $11 million, calls for TWTAs for both the fixed service and direct broadcast payloads that will make up each satellite. TWTAs are the key amplifying element in most of the world's communications satellites, providing the signal boost for transmissions to earth.
 Included in the KOREASAT order are 33 TWTAs for the fixed service payload and 13 units for the direct broadcast service, both utilizing Hughes-built tubes and power supplies. Two-thirds of the 14-watt fixed service types will be delivered as linearized TWTAs for improved performance. The 115-watt units for the direct broadcast payload are based on the qualified TWTA being delivered for the joint U.S./Canadian mobile satellite program.
 The first of the two KOREASAT satellites is scheduled for launch in April 1995. General Electric Co.'s Astro-Space Division is prime contractor for the KOREASAT program; Matra Marconi has responsibility for the payloads.
 Hughes Aircraft, the world's leading producer of traveling wave tubes and TWTAs, is a unit of GM Hughes Electronics.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Herrman of Hughes Aircraft, 310-568-6307/ CO: Hughes Aircraft Co. ST: California IN: AIR SU:


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