The era of space exploration began Oct. 4, 1957, when the world’s first artificial satellite launched into orbit. Called the PS-1 — short in Russian for the “Simplest Sputnik”— the name said it all. It was a mere 58-inches in diameter, a 86.3 kilo ball with four 2.4 to 2.9 meter radio antenna pins. But it changed the world.
Just a few minutes before the launch, space lore has it, a bugler appeared. He rose his dimly gleaming horn in the twilight and the «Listen all» call sailed over a quiet but ready-for-action cosmodrome.
While the story of the bugler has evolved into space legend, there was indeed a bugler at the launch. His mission, though, was more prosaic . He was there to warn staff when to leave the launch area. It was a simplistic warning for a simplistic sputnik.
Just 315 second later, the satellite detached from the second stage of the rocket and made the first ever transmission from the orbit: «Beep! Beep! Beep! » It was a call heard around the world.
A new era had begun.
From that day on, the space exploration program became a symbol of national pride for Russia. It gave the Soviet Union the title of a great space power , and the manned spaFrom that day on, the space exploration program became a symbol of national pride for Russia. It gave the Soviet Union the title of a great space power , and the manned space missions that followed demonstrated the intellectual, technological and economic strength of the nation. of Rostec Corp. , which has become a global leader in 21st Century space technology.
Rostec has achieved that status both by making sure that traditions are passed from one generation of space technology inventors to another and by maintaining and developing unique products based on previously unknown technologies.