Two Russian Space Probes Stalk U.S. Spy Satellite

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Furthermore, both Russian objects could see several sides of US 245 because of the character of their orbits - inducing satellite trackers to speculate Kosmos 2542 and Kosmos 2543 were scrutinizing U.S. 245.

He told Time magazine that the Russian Kosmos satellites are showing unusual and disturbing behavior. "We have notified Russian Federation through diplomatic channels", he said.

In November, Russia launched "a satellite that subsequently released a second satellite", and the pair have been behaving similarly to a set that Russia previously labeled "inspector satellites", Raymond said.

The satellite is one of four in a reconnaissance constellation codenamed Keyhole/CRYSTAL - KH-11 for short - which is operated by the National Reconnaissance Office, a secretive intelligence agency based in Virginia.

'This is unusual and disturbing behavior and has the potential to create a risky situation in space, ' Raymond said in a statement to Business Insider.

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

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A graduate student, astrodynamics expert, and teaching assistant at Purdue University named Michael Thompson was the first to reveal the odd Russian satellite and the space chase. "It has the potential to create a unsafe situation in space".

Russia's Foreign Ministry was working on its response to concerns voiced by the United States military earlier this week about the "disturbing" behavior of a pair of Russian spacecraft that flew near a USA government satellite. This was the first public comment by a US official on the Russian satellite reportedly chasing a USA spacecraft. But Kosmos 2542 made its way to the American spy satellite US 245, which launched in 2013 and is operated by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), a spy agency within the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).

Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed the separation on December 6 and said the objective of the experiment was to "assess the technical condition of domestic satellites", according to the TASS news agency. His comments follow amateur space trackers' contention two weeks ago that a top-secret Russian inspection satellite had maneuvered suspiciously close to a US spy satellite.

The Russian satellites' manoeuvring was spotted by Michael Thompson, a satellite and spacecraft enthusiast. One of the spacecraft "exhibited characteristics of a weapon", he said.

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