In memory of Mikhail Reshetnev
January, 26 marked 25 years since the day when Mikhail Reshetnev passed away. He was one of the Russian space industry’s founding fathers, founder and first director of ISS-Reshetnev Company.
To honour the memory of Mikhail Reshetnev, the company’s officials, employees, veterans and local authorities laid flowers to his grave and to the monument on the square in front of ISS-Reshetnev’s main administrative building. Speaking at a meeting dedicated to this date, people stressed the role Mikhail Reshetnev had played in the formation of the Russian unmanned space technology, the great value of his research work.
Headed by Mikhail Reshetnev, the company which was initially intended to be just a subsidiary of Sergey Korolev’s OKB-1, quickly grew into a large research and production enterprise. The company became capable of delivering the whole range of services – from satellite design to in-orbit commissioning. ISS-Reshetnev Company was also the first Russian company to start developing low Earth orbit communications satellites, navigation and geodetic spacecraft, direct-to-home broadcasting and data-relay satellites.
On Mikhail Reshetnev’s watch as a director of the company, ISS-Reshetnev had produced more than 1000 satellites for various applications, built more than 30 space-based systems for communications, navigation, geodetic and data-relay needs.
Mikhail Reshetnev was author of more than 200 research papers and inventions. Doctor of technical sciences, he was awarded three Orders of Lenin, a Golden Medal “Sickle and Hammer”, Orders of Badge of Honor, Red Banner of Labour, third-class medal of the Order of Merit for the Motherland, and a great number of other state and ministerial awards.