In 2005 following an order issued by the Russian Federal Space Agency, the Industrial Center of Large-Sized Foldable Mechanical Structures was set up at the premises of ISS-Reshetnev Company. It was done to further develop industry specialization and focus R&D efforts and financial resources on one of the highest priority directions in the field of space technology.
According to the Industrial Center’s development program, its area of focus covers a wide range of issues – from solving fundamental problems to the manufacture of some specific space technology products.
The Industrial Center develops and conducts ground experimental testing of:
- satellite structures;
- large-sized foldable and unfoldable onboard antenna reflectors;
- mechanical devices for solar arrays and separation systems;
- electromechanical devices;
- pneumoautomatic and hydroautomatic devices;
- ground equipment complexes for satellites and satellite systems;
- new materials and coatings.
These products have long been produced by ISS-Reshetnev, but today research and development projects carried out by the company’s Industrial Center help considerably increase their technical characteristics and quality.
State-of-the-art ground experimental facilities of the Industrial Center enable it to perform the entire cycle of ground qualification testing on satellites and their structures and parts: thermal and vacuum, mechanical tests, including deployment tests on large-sized mechanical systems using zero-gravity simulation test benches.