Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Space Force says Russian satellites following United States spy satellite

Space Force says Russian satellites following United States spy satellite

The Russian satellites' maneuvering was spotted by Michael Thompson, a satellite and spacecraft enthusiast, who wrote on Twitter that "this is all circumstantial evidence, but there are a hell of a lot of circumstances that make it look like a known Russian inspection satellite is now inspecting a known U.S. spy satellite".

"What Russia tells us diplomatically and publicly may be the opposite of what it intends to do with that satellite", she said.

The Russian spacecraft launched in November as one satellite, which later released a second satellite from within it, nearly "birthing" it, US military analysts said. The NRO is an agency within the Department of Defense and one of the five main U.S. intelligence agencies. UU. "This is unusual and disturbing behavior and has the potential to create a risky situation in space", General John Raymond, the Space Force chief of space operations, said in a statement shared with the media.

"The United States finds out these current actions to be about and don't reflect the behaviour of an accountable spacefaring nation", Raymond said.

Michael Thompson, also a Purdue University graduate who's specialized in astrodynamics, posted on Twitter a detailed ribbon concerning the Russian Cosmos 2542 Surveillance satellite, published Kosmos 2542, which appears to share its own orbit with a US satellite called United States of America 245.

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The U.S. Space Force is watching two Russian satellites that appear to be observing a U.S. satellite at close range, Gen. John "Jay" Raymond said on Monday. The situation, he warned, creates a potentially risky scenario between Cold War foes. There is no direct sign that the Russian inspectors are planning an attack, however. Russia's Defense Ministry previously described the satellites as a "multifunctional space platform" for inspection of other satellites from a close distance.

This is reportedly the first time that the US military has publicly revealed a threat from another country to one of its spacecraft. Now, while the Space Force continues to investigate the two Russian satellites, political tensions between the two nations remain high over accusations of Russian interference in the USA electoral system.

The explanation was called into question in mid-January as analysts noticed the two satellites were flying close by the American satellite dubbed U.S. 245.

One of the satellites, called Cosmos-2542, ejected a sub-satellite, Cosmos-2543.

The Russian satellites' manoeuvring was spotted by Michael Thompson, a satellite and spacecraft enthusiast. The Space Force budget consists of $1.6 billion is for three national-security launches, $1.8 billion will go toward Global Positioning System projects, and $2.5 billion will support "space-based overhead persistent infrared systems", according to a press release by the Department of Defense officials.

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