United States calls Russian satellites' activity 'unusual and disturbing'

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He also added that similar activities in any other domain would be interpreted as potentially threatening behaviour and the U.S. finds the recent activities to be concerning.

The US has raised concerns about the matter to Moscow through diplomatic channels, Raymond told Time magazine, which first reported the stalking on Monday.

The Time reported that the confrontation marks the first time the US 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. "Russian Federation has orbit many so called" space equipment inspectors", of which America and other police aware that the Kremlin might utilize to get intelligence to disrupt, disable, or even kill other satellites. An amateur satellite tracker used public data to theorize that the Russian satellites are "cleverly designed" to monitor the US satellite during otherwise challenging visual moments in orbit: like sunrises. 'The second satellite came out of the first satellite'.

According to the Russian news agency TASS, this maneuver was meant to test the "technical condition of domestic satellites". In addition, the two Russian objects were able to see multiple sides of United States of America 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. The NRO is an agency within the Department of Defense and one of the five main U.S. intelligence agencies. UU.

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

Both the Russian and USA spacecraft travel in a plane between 250 and 550 miles above the earth's surface, where many of about 2,200 orbiting craft reside.

"The satellites exhibited characteristics of a weapon system when one of those satellites launched a high-speed projectile into space". The Kosmos-2542 then released a sub-satellite the next month.

The unusual movement of the Kosmos 2542 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 USA spy satellite".

To be sure, some satellite watchers have challenged Thompson's analysis and believe more research is needed to confirm that the Russian satellite was intentionally shadowing US 245.

"They prove that... they [the United States and NATO] keep militarizing space, which can lead to very sad consequences", Morozov said.

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 initial costs of setting up the Space Force are likely a small down payment on an undertaking that could cost tens of billions of dollars in the years to come", William D. Hartung, director of the arms and security project at the Center for International Policy, told TIME.

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

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