ISS-Reshetnev’s first international project – 20 years of cooperation
It’s 20 years since the date when ISS-Reshetnev-built telecommunications satellite SESAT was launched.
SESAT became the first satellite that was designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev Company for a foreign customer. ISS-Reshetnev worked together with its French partner, Thales Alenia Space, to deliver the satellite for the European Telecommunications Satellite Organization EUTELSAT. The geographical location of the two companies – Siberia and Europe – gave the name to the satellite, SESAT (Siberia-Europe satellite).
SESAT was launched into orbit on April 18, 2000. Being the first Russian satellite with a 10-year guaranteed lifespan, it served its intended mission in space for almost 18 years. The satellite provided television broadcasting, Internet access, data communication, fixed and mobile communication services.
Having embodied the most advanced technologies of its time, both of the Russian and European origin, the SESAT project opened a new chapter in ISS-Reshetnev’s history and became a landmark event for the whole Russian unmanned space industry. It opened doors for the international space standards that had not been implemented in Russia before, introduced the modular philosophy of building satellites, which resulted in a great number of other successful satellite construction projects carried out together by ISS-Reshetnev and Thales Alenia Space.