November 8, 1987
Stephen J. Petrucci has been named president and chief executive of Hughes Communications Inc., the commercial satellite operating subsidiary of Hughes Aircraft Co. Petrucci succeeds John E. Koehler, who was elected a corporate vice president of Hughes Aircraft, with responsibility over the company's international operations. Petrucci previously was executive vice president of Hughes Communications.
April 17, 1985 |
A valiant effort to save a stranded satellite ended in failure today when the space shuttle Discovery got no response after whacking a lever on the side of the satellite that was believed to have been stuck. It was a profound disappointment for the seven-member crew of the Discovery, as well as scores of engineers on the ground who had worked for four days to bring off a spectacular rescue. "You did everything you could," David Hilmers at Mission Control in Houston told the crew.
July 2, 1985
If an effort to salvage a Hughes satellite is successful next month, the revenue from the satellite's operation will be shared between Hughes and the underwriters that insured it for $85 million, a spokesperson for Hughes Communications said Monday.
December 1, 1985 |
A communications satellite that was "jump-started" by astronauts last summer after being written off as an $85-million failure was certified Saturday as a complete, though tardy, success. The Navy was given control of Syncom 3 after the satellite passed a month of tests by engineers from the Navy and Hughes Communications Inc., said Hughes President Steven D. Dorfman in El Segundo. "We are meeting all our specifications," Dorfman said.
October 1, 1987 |
GM Hughes Electronics has completed its previously announced $105 million acquisition of M/A-Com Inc.'s MTEL commercial telecommunications unit, which employs 300 at plants in Torrey Pines and Sorrento Valley. The acquisition of MTEL will make the Detroit-based subsidiary of General Motors one of just three companies--the others being GTE Corp. and Contel Corp.--to offer complete, self-contained satellite-based communication systems, said John Koehler, an executive of Hughes Communications Inc.