Press Release

L-3 Communications’ Products Launched On 100th Shuttle Mission – Wide Array of L-3 Technology for the International Space Station

By SpaceRef Editor
October 12, 2000
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L-3 Communications announced today that two of its
divisions, L-3 Communication Systems-East in Camden, NJ, and L-3 Space
and Navigation in Teterboro, NJ, moved a step closer to significant
milestones with the successful launch of Space Shuttle Discovery
(STS-92) last night at 7:17 p.m. EDT (23:17 GMT) from Kennedy Space
Center.

STS-92, which marks NASA’s 100th Space Shuttle mission, will
include the first installation of L-3 products aboard the
International Space Station. These products will provide critical
communication links and attitude control functionality to the
International Space Station.

The products designed and manufactured by L-3’s Communication
Systems-East division include the Ku-Band communication subsystem, the
S-Band communication subsystem, and the external video subsystem. The
Ku-Band communication subsystem will be used for high-speed
transmission of video and scientific data to earth. The S-Band
communication subsystem will allow for transmission of two-way voice
communication and telemetry data. The external video subsystem
provides visual surveillance of exterior Space Station areas to help
monitor assembly operations, payload integration and astronaut safety
during space walks.

The current mission will install components of both the Ku-Band
and S-Band communication subsystems. L-3 Communications celebrated the
milestone associated with this mission by sending a contingent of
design engineers to attend the launch. Additional components are
scheduled to be launched and installed over the next 2 years.

Products designed and manufactured by L-3’s Space and Navigation
business include the Control Movement Gyros which provide attitude
control for the ISS, and the Integrated Electronics Assembly which
controls the Solid Rocket Boosters Subsystems including ignition and
separation, and the Range Safety Distributor, which is the control
electronics for the Shuttle Destruct System.

L-3 Communication Systems-East, based in Camden, NJ, designs,
develops, produces and integrates communication systems and support
equipment for commercial, space, ground, air and naval operations. L-3
Communication Systems-East is a division of L-3 Communications.

L-3 Space and Navigation division, based in Teterboro, NJ,
designs, develops, produces and integrates systems that guide,
position, navigate and control satellites, launch vehicles and
tactical artillery. Also included are products in support of critical
classified programs to the U.S. government, as well as avionics plus
attitude control products for NASA’s Space Shuttle, Space Station and
the Hubble Space Telescope programs. L-3 Space and Navigation is a
division of L-3 Communications.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading
merchant supplier of secure communications systems and products,
avionics and ocean products, training products, microwave components
and telemetry, instrumentation, space and wireless products. Its
customers include the Department of Defense, selected US government
intelligence agencies, aerospace prime contractors and commercial
telecommunications and wireless customers.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995: Except for historical information contained
herein, the matters set forth in this news release are forward-looking
statements. The forward-looking statements set forth above involve a
number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially from any such statement, including the risks and
uncertainties discussed in the company’s Safe Harbor Compliance
Statement for Forward-looking Statements included in the company’s
recent filings, including Forms 10-K and 10-Q, with the Securities and
Exchange Commission.

     L-3 Communications
     Cynthia Swain
     Vice President, Corporate Communications
     212-697-1111
         or
     L-3 Communication Systems - East
     Mayling Eaves
     Manager, Public Affairs
     856-338-3574
         or
     L-3 Space and Navigation Division
     Mark Pisani
     Senior Manager Space Programs
     201-393-2327
         or
     Morgen-Walke Associates
     Gordon McCoun, Eric Boyriven
     Media Contacts: Jonathan Teall, Claudia Moscarella
     212-850-5600

SpaceRef staff editor.