Russian Satellites Stalking US Satellite - Space Force Chief

Gen. John W. Jay Raymond R Commander of the U.S. Air Force Space Command called a maneuver by Russian satellites to closely observe a U.S. spy satellite unusual and disturbing on Monday. File

What Russia has been doing in space "has the potential to create a unsafe situation", Raymond said. "The United States finds these recent activities to be concerning and do not reflect the behavior of a responsible spacefaring nation".

"We view this behavior as unusual and disturbing", Raymond told Time magazine.

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

U.S. President Donald Trump established the Space Force, an independent military branch under the Air Force, in December.

He noted that Russian satellites can record the elements of American military infrastructure in space and the words of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation general should be viewed as "a revelation of own malign intentions". Some analysts and satellite watchers have suggested the sub-satellite "inspector" was chasing United States of America 245, a classified imaging satellite owned by the National Reconnaissance Office. 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 way I picture it, in my mind, is like Russian nesting dolls, ' Raymond told Time. "The second satellite came out of the first satellite".

The Russian Defence Ministry after releasing the second satellite back in December said that the goal of the experiment is to continue work on assessing the technical condition of domestic satellites. They both began to maneuver, which came close to the US satellite reconnaissance USA-245 (KN-11). The US satellite is operated by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), one of the major US intelligence agencies.

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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". They operate in a polar orbit several hundred miles above the Earth's surface, allowing them to cover its entirety.

The outstanding scenario was noted by amateur spacecraft trackers last month, that pointed out that Russian satellite Kosmos 2542 had gradually made its way to precisely the exact same place in orbit since U.S. 245 - a satellite that the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) functions.

Russia's motive for the satellite stalking is unknown, and some observers have noted that satellites like Kosmos could be equipped with weapons, including lasers and explosives.

This could potentially usher in a new era of "space war", where weaponized satellites in orbit attempt to gain ground on satellites from other nations.

The Time magazine report illustrates an nearly sci-fi case of alleged space espionage.

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

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