JSC Information Satellite Systems - Reshentnev Company
JSC Information Satellite Systems - Reshetnev Company (Joint Stock Company ISS Reshetnev or ISS Reshetnev) named after Academician Mikhail Reshetnev, is the Russian satellite company and designs and manufactures communications-, TV broadcasting-, navigation- and geodetic satellites. The company is capable of providing a full range of services for the whole lifetime of a satellite mission, including ground-testing, integration and orbital control. In addition, the company also produces ground antennas for satellite communication.
The company is based in the closed city of Krasnoyarsk-26 (nowadays called Zheleznogorsk, Krasnoyarsk region) near the city of Krasnoyarsk. Current activities include being the prime developer of the GLONASS satellite positioning system and production of the Express-series of communications satellites for Russian satellite operator RSCC. In addition to communications satellites, the company also produces research spacecraft, such as the Yubileiny research satellite, which was launched in May 2008.
In 2015 the company employed about 8,500 people and the annual operating budget was 625 million USD, of which two thirds comes from state orders, and a third from commercial orders. ISS Reshetnev is the largest satellite producer of the Russian space Industry with satellite operators like RSCC and Gazprom Space Systems.
History of JSC Information Satellite Systems
The company, formerly called Applied Mechanics Science-Production Association (NPO PM), was founded in 1959 by Mikhail Reshetnev. Throughout its 55 years, ISS-Reshetnev Company has built up extensive capabilities in satellite manufacturing. Among the company’s greatest assets are its highly qualified and dedicated employees, enormous scientific potential and world-class experimental and manufacturing facilities. Over this period ISS-Reshetnev has delivered more than 1,200 satellites for a wide spectrum of missions. They have served as a basis for more than 40 multi-satellite space-based systems and complexes deployed in all types of orbits.
The company’s achievements and contributions to the national and global space industries were recognized with the Order of Lenin and the Order of the Red Banner of Labour. More than 80 ISS-Reshetnev’s employees have been awarded various state prizes, including the Lenin Prize, State Prize, the Russian Federation State Prize and other government awards.
The company was also responsible for designing the GLOSNASS satellite navigation system. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the company lost most of its state financing, and its work force of 8,000 was cut almost in half. In 1995, ISS Reshetnev signed a co-operation agreement with Thales Alenia Space.
In 2000, the Russian government launched a substantial investment program to revive GLONASS satellite constellation, which provided a massive boost for the company's financial situation.