"These satellites have been actively maneuvering near a USA government satellite", Raymond said February 10 in an interview with SpaceNews. "We have notified Russian Federation through diplomatic channels", he said. The NRO is one of the five major US intelligence agencies under the Department of Defense. "It has the potential to create a unsafe situation in space".
"The United States finds these recent activities to be concerning and do not reflect the behavior of a responsible spacefaring nation", Raymond said.
Trouble may be brewing overhead as two Russian satellites appear to be following a USA spy satellite. The US Space Command Commander and the Space Force's Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond on February 10 said that last November, the Russian government launched a satellite that subsequently released a second satellite and now they have been actively manoeuvring near a US government satellite. Additionally, the two Russian objects were able to see multiple sides of US 245 due to the nature of their orbits - causing satellite trackers to speculate that Cosmos 2542 and Cosmos 2543 were indeed inspecting U.S. 245.
A graduate student, astrodynamics expert, and teaching assistant at Purdue University named Michael Thompson was the first to reveal the unusual Russian satellite and the space chase.
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. Soon, the Russian satellites were within 200 miles of the US spy spacecraft, close enough to make visual contact and examine the satellite. Russian Federation launched this satellite on 25 November 20-19, as shown by Space-Track. This was the first public comment by a US official on the Russian satellite reportedly chasing a USA spacecraft.
Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed the separation on December 6 and said the goal of the experiment was to "assess the technical condition of domestic satellites", according to the TASS news agency.
One of those satellites, the United States of America 224, is widely believed to have taken the highly-detailed image of Iran's Imam Khomeini Space Center that President Donald Trump posted on Twitter in August. It was launched on November 26 and later released another satellite, the Kosmos 2543.
The Russian satellites were first spotted by Michael Thompson, a satellite and spacecraft enthusiast who tweeted about the observations.