Space Force says Russian satellites following U.S. spy satellite

2 Russian spacecraft are reportedly trailing a US spy satellite and could create a 'dangerous situation in space'

TIME said the USA satellite, known as KH-11, monitors foreign military installations.

The two Russian satellites have come within 100 miles of the USA satellite, and the United States has raised concerns about the matter to Moscow through diplomatic channels, Raymond told Time magazine's W.J. Hennigan, who first reported the story on Monday.

Raymond said that the USA government has reached out to Moscow about the close range of the satellites, expressing concern "through diplomatic channels".

This is the first time that the US military has publicly revealed a direct threat from another country to a USA satellite.

The suspicion that the Russian spacecraft were inspecting the United States satellite arose when they came into the range and were able to see multiple sides of the United States 245 due to their orbiting nature.

However, by January, the two satellites appeared to be shadowing the US satellite-USA 245, also known to space experts as a KH-11.

Gen John Raymond, the chief of space operations for America's newly-minted Space Force, said the two Russian satellites began pursuing the multi-billion dollar U.S. satellite in November and have at times flown within 100 miles it.

Having the satellite of another country close to a spy satellite is enough of a cause of concern, but Gen. Raymond also noted in his statement to the media that the satellites exhibited signs of being a weapon, saying one of them fired a "high-speed projectile into space".

Amateur satellite tracker Michael Thompson speculated on the peculiar movements of Cosmos 2542 and Cosmos 2543 on Twitter, using publicly available data. Russia's Defense Ministry previously described the satellites as a "multifunctional space platform" for inspection of other satellites from a close distance.

The US Space Force's Chief of Space Operations General John Raymond, right.

The commander compared the two satellites to the satellites launched by Russian Federation in 2017 which reportedly displayed characteristics of a weapon.

Raymond defended the quality of the tracking data provided by the US government.

"We view this behavior as unusual and disturbing", Raymond said.

But, experts say satellite crashes will become more common in the future. "These activities do not reflect the behavior of the nations responsible for space". Space fairing nations, Raymond said.



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