U.S. Space Force commander: Russian spacecraft displaying ‘unusual and disturbing behavior’ near U.S. spy satellite

“The United States finds these recent activities to be concerning and do not reflect the behavior of a responsible spacefaring nation"

By Jon Dougherty

(TNS) The commander of the U.S. Space Force said Monday that a pair of Russian spacecraft have been operating dangerously close to a U.S. spy satellite for months and that the actions are irresponsible for a space power.



“Last November the Russian government launched a satellite that subsequently released a second satellite. These satellites have been actively maneuvering near a U.S. government satellite … which the Russian government characterized as ‘inspector satellites,’” U.S. General John Raymond said in a statement to CNBC.

The news site noted further that amateur space sleuths discovered the tracking last month, which no doubt added to the Pentagon’s concerns:

The extraordinary situation was noted by amateur spacecraft trackers last month, who pointed out that Russian satellite Kosmos 2542 had slowly made its way into the same area in orbit as USA 245 – a satellite the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) operates. The NRO is an agency within the Department of Defense and one of the five major U.S. intelligence agencies.

Kosmos 2542 was not initially near USA 245. But, two weeks after launch, the Russian satellite split into two different objects. By the middle of January, Kosmos 2542 and Kosmos 2543 had moved in orbit and were closing in on USA 245. The Russian spacecraft were as close as 300 kilometers from USA 245, in clear view of the U.S. satellite. Additionally, the two Russian objects were able to see multiple sides of USA 245 due to the nature of their orbits – causing satellite trackers to speculate that Kosmos 2542 and Kosmos 2543 were indeed inspecting USA 245.

Raymond, newly appointed to head up Space Force, compared the recent activities to Russian satellite tests in 2017. Those satellites “exhibited characteristics of a weapon,” Raymond said, because one of the spacecraft fired “a high-speed projectile into space.”

“This is unusual and disturbing behavior and has the potential to create a dangerous situation in space,” he said.

“The United States finds these recent activities to be concerning and do not reflect the behavior of a responsible spacefaring nation,” Raymond said.



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.

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That's Rad !
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That's Rad !

So stomp your feet and make your own engines.

.50cal
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.50cal

Space Chess. We make a move, then it’s the opponent’s turn.

D3F1ANT
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D3F1ANT

The Democrats mock Trump in their gross ignorance. This article proves we need a space force and the POTUS started it not a moment too soon.

Afterheart
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Afterheart

Apparently the Russians still haven’t seen the movie Gravity….Satellites that collide cause spacejunk that can have global destructive effects on the increasing number of satellites in orbit. The Russians may think they are just inspecting but they could be setting the stage for a global catastrophic event.

Chet Daily
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Their soviet era vacuum tubes are probably just failing.

Meremortal
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Meremortal

And it just so happens we are starting a Space Force. Air power won WWII, Space power will win WWIII.

Joe R.
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Joe R.

Better to nuke the MFrs and be thought a fool, then to not nuke the MFrs, and remove all doubt.

Duke
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Duke

There was a recent light-hearted discussion regarding what to call the men and women who join the new Space Force created by DJ Trump.

Stupid names were suggested, but seriously … I believe it would do well to use what Isaac Asimov called the first earthlings to move into space and beyond …
he called them “SPACERS”

That is a generic term that applies to all.

Pass that on … “SPACERS”.

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