United States spy satellite being followed by a pair of Russian satellites

Katie Ramirez
February 12, 2020

US officials have expressed concern to Moscow over a Russian spacecraft, which appears to be tailing a multibillion-dollar USA spy satellite, according to reports. "This is unusual and disturbing behavior and has the potential to create a unsafe situation in space", Raymond said.

"The United States finds these recent activities to be concerning and do not reflect the behavior of a responsible spacefaring nation", Raymond said.

"We view this behavior as unusual and disturbing", he told TIME.

The Time reported that the confrontation marks the first time the USA military has publicly identified a direct threat to a specific American satellite by an adversary.

The Russian satellites were first spotted by Michael Thompson, a satellite and spacecraft enthusiast who tweeted about the observations. The spacecraft was launched by Russian Federation in November and was initially just one satellite, Kosmos 2542, and was not close to the USA satellite. In December, in the experiment, it was separated by a small space vehicle "Cosmos-2543", is also meant to assess the status of domestic satellites. "The second satellite came out of the first satellite".

The Russian Defence Ministry said in December that a manoeuvre by the satellites - in which one satellite "birthed" another - was an experiment to assess the "technical condition of domestic satellites", according to the Russian news agency TASS. In addition, the two Russian objects were able to see multiple sides of U.S. 245 due to the nature of their orbits, which caused satellite trackers to speculate that Cosmos 2542 and Cosmos 2543 were actually inspecting US 245. And the head of the US Space Force.

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Kelso said he could not yet provide any definitive analysis on the Russian inspector satellite because there is no independent source of observation data to address these questions.

"There's going to be a lot of things happening in space, because space is the world's newest war-fighting domain", President Donald Trump said at the time. One of the satellites, dubbed Cosmos-2542, ejected a sub-satellite, Cosmos-2543.

Russian Federation calls its space probes that follow other spacecraft "inspector satellites". "Russian Federation has in orbit many socalled" space equipment inspectors", which America and different authorities alert that the Kremlin might utilize to collect intelligence to interrupt, disable, or even kill other satellites.

Russian Federation has a number of communications satellites positioned above the Earth that the Kremlin could use to gather intelligence or even disable or destroy other satellites, according to The Drive.

Yleem D.S. Poblete, the USA assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification and compliance, told the conference how a 2017 Russian satellite's "behaviour on-orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before from on-orbit inspection or space situational awareness capabilities, including other Russian inspection satellite activities". Russian Federation launched this satellite on 25 November 20-19, as shown by Space-Track.

But, experts say satellite crashes will become more common in the future.

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