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McDONNELL DOUGLAS SPACE SYSTEMS CO. DELTA II LAUNCH VEHICLE PLACES SATELLITE INTO ORBIT FOR GE AMERICOM INC.

 McDONNELL DOUGLAS SPACE SYSTEMS CO. DELTA II LAUNCH VEHICLE
 PLACES SATELLITE INTO ORBIT FOR GE AMERICOM INC.
 CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at 6:41 a.m. EDT a McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co. Delta II expendable launch vehicle placed the SATCOM C-4 Satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit for GE Americom Inc., of Princeton, N.J.
 Launched from space launch complex 17B at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the mission represents the 35th consecutive successful Delta flight over the last six years.
 "This is the 10th time a GE satellite has flown aboard a Delta rocket," said Rich Murphy, McDonnell Douglas mission director. "We are pleased we are able to continue this relationship that has produced so many successes over the years."
 SATCOM C-4 will provide cable programming to more than 10,000 cable television systems throughout all 50 states. The spacecraft joins a fleet of SATCOM satellites which service cable television, broadcast radio and television, as well as business information and government markets.
 GE Astro-Space Division, Princeton, designed and built the SATCOM C-4 satellite. It is the 10th all C-band, 24-channel commercial communications satellite the company has produced for GE Americom.
 McDonnell Douglas Commercial Delta Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas Space Systems, has contracts to launch additional commercial payloads. These include Kopernikus for Deutsche Bundespost Telekom of Germany, scheduled for September 1992; NATO IVB for NATO and the Mid-Course Space Experiment (MSX) for the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization (SDIO), both set for the fourth quarter of 1993; and Koreasat 1 and 2 for Korea Telecom, planned for the second and fourth quarters of 1995.
 SATCOM C-4 marks the 213th launch of the Delta vehicle. During the past 15 years and 79 missions Delta has maintained a 98.7 percent success record.
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