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McDONNELL DOUGLAS DELTA SETS WORLD RECORD

 CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Aug. 30, 1993 -- The world's most reliable expendable launch vehicle today broke its own record of successful launches with its 44th consecutive successful flight.
 Today's launch of the McDonnell Douglas-built Delta II rocket boosted a U.S. Air Force NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite into orbit at 8:38 EDT from launch complex 17B.
 "This launch means a great deal to the men and women who build the Delta II rocket launch system. Their dedication and attention to detail has resulted in a solid record of reliability, one our Delta team should be proud of," said Rick Arvesen, U.S. Air Force program manager for McDonnell Douglas.
 The launch also continues a long tradition of service to the Air Force in the placement of the highly successful GPS satellite system into transfer orbit. The GPS is a space-based radio navigation system that provides U.S. and allied land, sea and air forces and commercial users with worldwide, three-dimensional position and velocity information.
 To date, McDonnell Douglas has boosted 22 GPS satellites into space.
 Furthermore, over the past 16 years and 88 launches, Delta rockets have maintained a 98.8 percent success record. The overall success rate since the program began in 1960 is 94.6 percent.
 The Delta launch vehicle is built by McDonnell Douglas Aerospace in Huntington Beach, Calif., with final assembly in Pueblo, Colo.
 Several major subcontractors contribute to the Delta: the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International in Canoga Park, Calif., is responsible for the first stage main engine; Aerojet Propulsion Division, Sacramento, Calif., builds the second stage engine; Hercules Aerospace, Magna, Utah, manufactures the solid rocket boosters; Delco Systems of Goleta, Calif., produces the guidance computer on the second stage, and Thiokol, Ogden, Utah, provides the Star-48 motor for the Payload Assist Module -- the third stage.
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 /CONTACT: Anne C. McCauley of McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, 714-896-6211/


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