Dear colleagues and partners, dear veterans,

October 3, 2017

We congratulate you on the 60th anniversary of the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite.

Tsiolkovsky said that the first great step of the humankind is to fly beyond the atmosphere and become a satellite of Earth.

And that step was made.This tremendous event in the history of civilization on Earth ushered in the space age.For employees of Energia Corporation this is a special occasion, because this breakthrough to the stars was made possible, first and foremost, owing to the work of our great team.

It was at Energia, which is now named after the founder of practical cosmonautics S.P. Korolev, that the legendary intercontinental ballistic missile R-7 was designed and manufactured.

Its space modification, launch vehicle Sputnik, on October 4, 1957 delivered into the low-Earth orbit the First Simple Satellite (Russian acronym PS-1), had also been developed and built at our company.

This project was led by Sergei Korolev and his close associate Mikhail Tikhonravov.

Of course, 60 years is a short period of time from the standpoint of history. And there are still many people around who remember that day, October 4, 1957, when the Russian word for satellite Sputnik entered the vocabularies of virtually all people on Earth. The world viewed this as a victory of the entire humankind. This was truly a historic achievement! This was a triumph! The launch of the first artificial satellite of Earth and its flight had a staggering public response throughout the world.

The first satellite became a materialized symbol of the greatest achievement of our countrys rocket technology development of a space rocket.

And after that, there was an extremely fast-paced progress of space technology. Within a few years of the launch of the simplest satellite, our country developed complex unmanned spacecraft for various applications, Earth escape velocity was achieved, and, finally, a man was launched into space! Our company is by right regarded as the founder of the worlds practical cosmonautics. It was Energia that laid the foundations of all the branches of rocket and space technology.

S.P. Korolev Energia held and still holds leading positions in space flight as the maker of all generations of reliable space transportation vehicles Soyuz and Progress and satellites for various applications. Thanks in no small part to the work of our Corporation, Russia is an equal partner and participant in international space projects, first of all in the ISS.

For the present-day Russia, spaceflight is an important resource and a source of national pride. Its further development will enable solution of social, economic and scientific problems, while an active participation in global space projects will support sustainable development not only of the country, but of the entire mankind as well. Today we are fully confident that our country, by preserving the status of a great space power, will remain in the future among the leaders of the worlds constructive process.

We heartily congratulate you on this space anniversary and whish you robust health, happiness, prosperity and great creative achievements!

RSC Energia management




October 14, 2017
LV Soyuz-2.1a with SC Progress MS-07 is launched.
September 13, 2017
LV Soyuz-FG with SC Soyuz MS-06 is launched.

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