JSC Academician M.F. ReshetnevInformation Satellite Systems

The anniversary of the first ISS space project

On August 18 Academician M. F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems celebrates the 57th anniversary of the launch of its first space products - the Kosmos-3 carrier vehicle and Strela-1 satellites.

The Kosmos-3 light-class launch vehicle was created by the Reshetnev Company to launch small satellites into low Earth orbits in the interests of the country's social economic development. Its basis was the R-14 combat ballistic missile, the design support of serial production of which the company had been carrying out since 1961.

The successful launch of the first Kosmos-3 rocket took place on August 18, 1964. From the Baikonur cosmodrome, it launched into orbit three experimental Strela-1 communications satellites which were also developed and manufactured in OKB-10 (the former name of JSC ISS) under the leadership of Mikhail Reshetnev.

In memory of the significant event which became the starting point of the space history of the leading satellite engineering enterprise of Russia ISS will hold a meeting of veterans participating in the historical project on August 18. They will gather on the square named after M. F. Reshetnev to whose monument the flowers will be traditionally laid on this day.

The anniversary of the launch of the Kosmos-3 rocket and the first satellites of the Reshetnev Company will be dedicated to the opening of the Space in touch exposition in the Zheleznogorsk Museum and Exhibition Center which will also be held on August 18. The exposition speaks about the ISS formation and its role in the development of outer space through communications, navigation and geodesy satellites, which today make up two-thirds of Russia’s orbital fleet.

In total, fourteen launches of the Kosmos-3 space rocket were carried out. After that it was replaced by the modernized version - Kosmos-3M which performed the service for more than forty years and was recognized by the world community as one of the most reliable carriers in its class.