Russian Spacecraft Trailing US Spy Satellite

Gen. John “Jay” Raymond commander of the U.S. Space Force says a Russian spacecraft tailed and launched satellite to track American satellite with unusual and disturbing behavior

The commander of the United States Space Force reportedly said that the Russian satellites have been exhibiting the "unusual and disturbing behaviour" of following the U.S. satellite in orbit. The Russian and USA satellites pass each other, approximately every 10 days, but on January 20 the Russian spacecraft came within 100 miles of the US craft.

"We view this behavior as unusual and disturbing", Raymond told Time magazine. This is unusual and disturbing behavior and has the potential to create a unsafe situation in space.

The chief of space operations said US military analysts first became alert to the allegedly threatening situation two weeks after Moscow launched its spacecraft into orbit on November 26 from Plesetsk Cosmodrome attached to a Soyuz rocket, when it suddenly split in two.

A Russian satellite stalking his North Atlantic Treaty Organisation counterpart really was a figment of the French general's imagination, Aleksey Chepa, the deputy head of the foreign affairs committee in the Russian parliament, said, explaining that that the spacecraft in question was "a civilian satellite, which was carrying out activities needed for its own readjustment". "The second satellite came out of the first satellite".

The Russian Defense Ministry said in December that a maneuver by the satellites - in which one satellite "birthed" another resulting in two satellites - was an experiment to assess the "technical condition of domestic satellites", according to the Russian news agency TASS. But Kosmos 2542 made its way to the American spy satellite US 245, which launched in 2013 and is operated by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), a spy agency within the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).

According to media reports in recent weeks, a Russian inspection satellite Cosmos 2542 has recently synchronized its orbit with United States of America 245, a satellite operated by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

The Russian satellites' manoeuvring was spotted by Michael Thompson, a satellite and spacecraft enthusiast.

In November, Russia launched "a satellite that subsequently released a second satellite", and the pair have been behaving similarly to a set that Russia previously labeled "inspector satellites", Raymond said.

"The satellites exhibited characteristics of a weapon system when one of those satellites launched a high-speed projectile into space". "In any other domain", such a move "would be interpreted as potentially threatening behavior", he told Business Insider. It is the first time that space is the arena for an encounter similar to those of fighter planes or warships between the United States and an enemy. And the head of the US Space Force. "It has the potential to create a risky situation in space".



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