Early stages on the road to space
ISS-Reshetnev Company is celebrating 54th anniversary of the day when the company’s first self-made product was launched into space: a Cosmos-3 rocket with three experimental communications satellites onboard.
All ceremonial events on the occasion of the Cosmos-3 launch anniversary took place in Zheleznogorsk on the eve of the landmark date – on the 17th of August.
To commemorate this important milestone in the company’s history, an official meeting was held at the Reshetnev Square which was attended by local authorities, ISS-Reshetnev’s administration, employees and retirees.
Nikolay Testoyedov, general director of ISS-Reshetnev Company, speaking at the meeting stressed the important role of that successful launch in the company’s further development and growth. Implementation of that project gave young specialists of the fledgling company hands-on experience and more profound knowledge in the field of designing and building satellites and other space-related products, as well as helped the company to enhance its image.
After the meeting celebrations continued with a concert for ISS-Reshetnev employees and retirees at one of the company’s event halls.
A Cosmos-3 launch vehicle was designed following the design of an R-14 military rocket. A team of young specialists led by Mikhail Reshetnev received engineering documentation for that rocket in 1961 from Mikhail Yangel’s Yuzhnoye design bureau. The first launch of the new vehicle took place on August 18, 1964 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The Cosmos-3 rocket carried to orbit three experimental communications satellites of the Strela-1 series also developed by Siberian engineers.