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MARTIN MARIETTA WINS SUPERCONDUCTING SUPER COLLIDER SPOOLS CONTRACT

 MARTIN MARIETTA WINS SUPERCONDUCTING SUPER COLLIDER SPOOLS CONTRACT
 DENVER, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) Laboratory in Dallas has announced the award of a $2.7 million contract to Martin Marietta Astronautics Group's Civil Space & Communications company for the development of Spool Pieces, a critical component in the construction of the SSC.
 The SSC will be the most powerful particle accelerator ever built. When completed, scientists will be able to explore the most fundamental elements of matter by colliding high energy proton streams at more than twice the energy possible from any existing particle accelerator. Located approximately 20 miles south of Dallas, the SSC will be the world's preeminent facility for high-energy physics research.
 Spool Pieces are critical integrating hardware elements for the Super Collider, providing cryogenic fluids, vacuum, power and instrumentation systems for the Collider ring operations.
 William F. Ballhaus, Jr., president of Civil Space & Communications, said, "The Spool Piece contract is an excellent example of the aerospace industry utilizing its high-tech credentials for civilian sector technical applications. We look forward to working with the Laboratory on this critical project for our country."
 Martin Marietta and Westinghouse Electric Corp. (NYSE: WX) were selected from among several bidders to perform designs of the Spool Pieces and build preliminary prototypes. The two contractors will compete for an eventual fixed price "winner-take-all" procurement for production of the Spool Pieces.
 According to SSC Laboratory associate director Dr. Theodore Kozman, each company will fabricate two prototype models along with designs for subsequent preproduction units during the first phase of the contract. The models and designs will be delivered in May 1993. In phase two, each company will build 20 preproduction units with deliveries scheduled for summer of 1994.
 At the conclusion of the first two phases of the contract, one of the contractors will be selected to build approximately 1,400 Spool Pieces under a contract valued in excess of $100 million.
 Teamed with Martin Marietta on the Spool Piece program is another Colorado firm, Cryenco Inc., of Denver. Cryenco has been involved in the development of Spool Pieces since its initial concept development at the SSC more than two years ago.
 To date the SSC Laboratory has awarded more than 189 contracts to Colorado firms or universities totaling over $10.5 million.
 Martin Marietta Astronautics Group, headquartered in Denver, designs, develops, tests and manufactures a variety of advanced technology systems for space and defense. Chief products include civil and military space and communications systems, space launch systems and strategic systems for the Department of Defense.
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 /CONTACT: Terry Monrad of Martin Marietta, 303-977-5364/
 (WX) CO: Martin Marietta Astronautics Group; Westinghouse Electric Corp. ST: Colorado, Texas IN: ARO SU: CON


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