Mikhail Reshetnev Memorial Day
Twenty years ago passed away academician Mikhail Reshetnev, founder and the first director of the Siberian satellite manufacturer – Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company.
To honour the memory of Mikhail Reshetnev, the company’s management, employees, veterans and local authorities laid flowers to his grave and to the monument on the square in front of the Reshetnev Company’s main building.
Speaking at a meeting dedicated to this date, Victor Kosenko, first deputy general director at ISS-Reshetnev, stressed the role Mikhail Reshetnev had played in the formation of the Russian unmanned space technology: “The further we get from that day, the better we see and understand Mikhail Reshetnev’s greatness – the man who managed to start from scratch here in Siberia and lay the foundations of today’s satellite construction industry”.
Headed by Mikhail Reshetnev, the company which was initially intended to be 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.
Academician M.F. Reshetnev is also known to be a founding father of the Siberian scientific school of applied space technology. The department of Space flight vehicles and upper stages at the Siberian State Aerospace University was established by Mikhail Reshetnev and today still trains highly professional engineers for Russia’s aerospace industry. Mikhail Reshetnev himself headed this department and was deeply involved in the education process, having nurtured dozens of talented specialists and researchers. To this day, many of them work at ISS-Reshetnev Company making their own contributions to the satellite construction industry.