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NAVY'S UHF F9 SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Oct. 20, 1998 -- The U.S. Navy's ninth UHF
Follow-On satellite, built by Hughes Space and Communications Company,
was successfully launched early this morning.
Liftoff was at 3:19 a.m. EDT (12:19 a.m. PDT, 7:19 GMT) from Cape
Canaveral Air Station aboard a Lockheed Martin Atlas IIA rocket.
About 30 minutes after liftoff, UHF F9 was injected into an elliptical
transfer orbit. About 35 minutes after liftoff, satellite controllers
received signals from UHF F9, indicating systems are operating
The satellite is the ninth in the series, as well as the second
of three with a revolutionary Global Broadcast Service (GBS) payload.
When the third GBS spacecraft is launched next year, the Department of
Defense will have near-global high-speed, wideband coverage for
warfighters on land, at sea and in the air. This GBS capability was
implemented just two years after the Navy ordered it in 1996. The F8,
F9 and F10 satellites continue to carry the baseline narrowband UHF
and protected EHF payloads as well. The GBS payload has three GBS
steerable downlink spot beam antennas, in addition to one steerable
and one fixed GBS uplink antenna. This antenna modification results
in a 96 Mbps capability.
UHF F9 is the eighth launch of the year for Hughes, and it is the
43rd HS 601 spacecraft to be launched.
A unit of Hughes Electronics Corporation, Hughes Space and
Communications Company is the world's leading manufacturer of
geostationary commercial communications satellites and is also a major
supplier of spacecraft and scientific instruments to the U.S.
government, and builder of weather satellites for the United States
and Japan. The earnings of Hughes Electronics are used to calculate
the earnings per share attributable to GMH (NYSE symbol) common stock.