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January 26, 1989

MCDONNELL DOUGLAS TO LAUNCH AND ORBIT GE AMERICAN COMMUNICATIONS’ SATCOM C-5 SATELLITE

By CBR Staff Writer

McDonnell Douglas Co says from its base in Huntington Beach, California that it has been chosen by GE American Communications Inc to launch and orbit the latter’s Satcom C-5 satellite using a commercial version of the Delta II rocket, giving the commercial Delta its eighth launch contract: the agreement calls for a launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida in the second quarter of 1991 and GE American Communications will retain ownership of up to 10 transponders on the C-5 for service to its commercial and government customers; after the Shuttle catastrophe and the resulting shortage of US launch vehicles to put satellites into orbit – plus the problems, now solved, on Europe’s Ariance rocket, owing them to build new iterations of rockets originally developed for the National Aeronautics & Space Administration.

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