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THIRD TITAN IV LAUNCHED FROM VANDENBERG AFB

 VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif., Nov. 30 ~PRNewswire~ -- A Martin Marietta-built Titan IV space booster carrying a classified government payload was launched Nov. 28 at 1:34 p.m. PST from Space Launch Complex-4 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
 It was the sixth Titan IV launched since June 1989 and the third from Vandenberg. Titan IV, the nation's largest, most powerful expendable launch vehicle, is built at Martin Marietta Astronautics Group's Launch Systems in Denver.
 "This launch from the West Coast continues the 100 percent Titan IV mission success rate for the nation's premier heavy-lift launch vehicle," said Frederick H. Hudoff, president of Martin Marietta Launch Systems.
 Martin Marietta has a contract with the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to build and launch 41 Titan IV expendable launch vehicles. As prime contractor and systems integrator, the company provides overall program management, builds the first and second stages and provides launch services.
 Initially conceived as a complement to the space shuttle, Titan IV is now the nation's principal access to space for critical national security payloads launched from both coasts. Three Titan IVs have been successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.
 Other members of the Titan IV contractor team and their responsibilities include: Aerojet TechSystems Co., liquid rocket engines; Chemical Systems Division, United Technologies Corp., solid rocket motors; Hercules Aerospace Co., solid rocket motor upgrade; Delco Systems Operations, General Motors Corp., inertial guidance; General Dynamics Space Systems, Centaur G-prime upper stage; McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Co., payload fairing; Spacecraft Inc., instrumentation; Bechtel National Inc., launch complex construction and modification; and Cincinnati Electronics Corp., command receivers. Boeing Aerospace Co. is an associate contractor for the IUS.
 Martin Marietta Astronautics Group, headquartered in Denver, designs, develops, tests am?anufactures 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~


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