August 18, 2020

Today, August 18, 2020, the Academician MF Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Company (part of the Roscosmos State Corporation) will celebrate the 56th anniversary of the launch of the Kosmos-3 launch vehicle. The launch, which took place on August 18, 1964, marked the beginning of the space history of the Reshetnev enterprise, a leading domestic developer and manufacturer of automatic spacecraft.

Launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome, the Kosmos-3 launch vehicle launched three experimental Strela-1 communications spacecraft into near-earth orbit – these were the first satellites created by specialists under the leadership of Mikhail Reshetnev. Having confirmed their professionalism by the successful launch, the OKB-10 (now ISS) team has firmly taken positions in the implementation of space projects.

The Kosmos-3 rocket was created by the Reshetnevites to launch small satellites into low earth orbits in the interests of the country’s socio-economic development. In total, fourteen launches of this carrier were made, after which the first Reshetnev rocket was replaced by its modernized version, also created by OKB-10 and recognized by the world community as the best in its class. This launch also marked the beginning of the development of satellite-building topics in the Reshetnevskaya firm, which today accounts for two-thirds of the Russian orbital group.

In honor of the significant date, the ISS company organizes a number of events, the main of which will be a solemn meeting near the monument to the founder and first head of the enterprise, Mikhail Reshetnev, to honor the veterans who participated in the memorable event.

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