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THERMOTREX RECEIVES $1 MILLION LASER COMMUNICATION CONTRACT

 SAN DIEGO, Dec. 1 ~PRNewswire~ -- ThermoTrex Corporation (AMEX: TKN) has received a $740,000 contract, with an option for an additional $300,000, to conduct research and development related to laser communications between low-earth-orbit satellites. The contract is funded by the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization and was awarded through the U.S. Air Force Rome Laboratories. The goal of the one-year program is to develop a prototype laser communication, or lasercom, system that can be delivered to Rome Laboratories for testing and evaluation.
 Lasercom has the potential to replace the radio frequency-based intersatellite communication systems in use today. ThermoTrex's laser communication system would use lighter, less-expensive satellites than those currently orbiting the earth. Existing satellite networks, which receive and broadcast multiple TV channels, phone calls, and other forms of information, are nearing their capacities.
 Using laser beams instead of radio waves to transmit this information would increase the capacity of satellites in the network.
 "This contract will allow us to continue developing technologies for laser communications, which we are confident will play a major role in the future of information transfer," said Ken Tang, senior vice president of ThermoTrex Corporation. "In addition to the military applications, we believe that the key technologies being developed under this contract can be applied to commercial markets."
 ThermoTrex Corporation develops advanced technology in electro-optic and electro-acoustic systems, signal processing, materials technology, lasers, and thermionic and thermoelectric direct-energy conversion. Currently, the company is developing several commercial products, including a sonic CT (computerized tomography) system for real-time imaging of soft tissue, a passive microwave camera that would enable pilots to see through fog and clouds to enhance navigation, and a wind- shear detector to provide pilots with advance warning of wind shears. ThermoTrex Corporation is a public subsidiary of Thermo Electron Corporation (NYSE: TMO).
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 ~CONTACT: John N. Hatsopoulos of Thermo Electron, 617-622-1111~
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