November 3, 2017, in the Memorial Museum of Astronautics in Moscow, an exhibition "Satellite Communications: 50 years in orbit" was opened to mark the anniversary of the RSCC, Russia’s satellite operator. Taking the floor at the opening of the exhibition with words of welcome were the RSCC General Director Yuri Prokhorov, the Cosmonautics Museum Director Natalia Artyukhina and Hero of the Soviet Union, Pilot Cosmonaut of the USSR Alexander Laveikin.
The exhibition is devoted to the history of the RSCC, its current and future projects. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to try themselves in the role of an operator of the satellite communications station, they will see models of the first Russian communications satellite “Molniya” and ground station “Orbita” from the Astronautics Museum collection, rare documents and photographs from the RSCC archives, as well as models of geostationary communication and broadcasting satellites Express-AM5 and Express-AT1, which are currently operated as part of the RSCC satellite constellation.
Participants in the opening ceremony of the exhibition laid flowers at the monument to S.P. Korolev, the founder of practical cosmonautics, Chief Designer of rocket and space equipment and full member of the USSR Academy of Sciences.
November 4, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the RSCC. For half a century, from a small radio communication center, organized for broadcasting central television programs to the Far East and Siberia using the Orbita system, RSCC has transformed into one of the key elements of the information and communication infrastructure of our country. Managing the space orbital group of 12 satellites, the RSCC today is one of the main players in the world market of satellite communications services.