Chief Designers Council
ISS-Reshetnev Company held a series of meetings of the Chief Designers Council on March 4-5, 2020.
Meetings of the Chief Designers Council are usually held twice a year – in March and in September – to provide a platform for discussing a wide array of issues concerning the design, development, production and testing of both commercial and government satellites and systems for communications, navigation, data-relay and geodetic needs.
This time the Council meetings brought together more than 200 representatives from partner companies, research organizations and contracting authorities.
The participants discussed the progress achieved on the goals set at the previous gathering earlier in September last year. They also brought each other to date on the ongoing work and plans with a focus on optimizing schedules and shortening project completion time. As the head company of the large integrated corporate structure, ISS-Reshetnev Company is committed to ensuring more efficient planning, greater control and claim settlement for every company that is part of this corporate structure. Proactive efforts made by ISS-Reshetnev Company and its partners in this field have already yielded positive results under a number of satellite projects.
Another high priority issue that the meeting participants focused on was the current status of the GLONASS navigation system, its maintenance and development. One Glonass-M satellite is preparing for launch at the Plesetsk cosmodrome at the moment; another one remains at ISS-Reshetnev facilities waiting for its turn. Moreover, the company is completing building two next generation navigation satellites of the Glonass-K series.
Apart from navigation, space industry professionals also talked about the development of the Gonets-D1M personal satellite communications system and the Loutch data-relay system.
ISS-Reshetnev’s commercial projects were at the heart of the Council meetings’ agenda this time. ISS-Reshetnev Company again raised the issue of strict adherence to deadlines. Delays in equipment and components supply from the company’s subcontractors negatively affect timescales of satellite projects. ISS-Reshetnev is currently assembling and testing platforms of its newest Express-AMU3 and Express-AMU7 satellites while work on Express-80 and Express-103 telecommunications satellites has been already completed. The satellites are now at the cosmodrome and are preparing for the upcoming launch.