TS News - GE-3 Launched

TELE-satellit News, 5 September 1997

GE-3 Launched
  CAPE CANAVERAL, USA, 97/09/05 (TS) -- A Lockheed Martin Astronautics
Atlas IIAS rocket successfully launched the GE-3 commercial communications
satellite into supersynchronous transfer orbit on Thursday from Complex 36,
Pad A, at Cape Canaveral Air Station (CCAS), Fla. Liftoff occurred right on
time at 8:03 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.  It was the fifth successful Atlas
launch of 1997 from CCAS and the thirty-second consecutive successful
flight for Atlas.

  Once in final orbit at 87 degrees west, GE-3 will join the rest of GE
American Communication's (GE Americom) commercial domestic satellite fleet
and provide educational cable television, broadcast television and radio,
private business and government communications services to the 50 U.S.
states and Alaska.  GE-3 is the third A2100A satellite built by Lockheed
Martin for GE Americom.

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