UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Russian inspection probe, launched late last year, has changed direction and is now in orbit, very close to an American spy satellite.
On January 20, Cosmos 2542 maneuvered to be close to USA 245, a satellite that collects images for military and intelligence purposes for the photo-review project.
This Russian probe is for ‘spacecraft inspection’, meaning it was created to monitor other satellites in space – until the US government has warned it may use cameras and sensors to collect information on other satellites, or use powerful microwaves, lasers or high frequency blockers to carry out an attack.
Cosmos 2542 was launched by Cosmodrome Plesetsk on November 25 last year, while the Russian government claimed it was just a probe, which controls and receives materials needed by the probe and other satellites of the state.
When the satellite first launched, it was meant to cross the US 245 after 11 or 12 days, but Cosmos 2542 has made various maneuvers, only to stay close to the US satellite, which cost $ 4 billion and was processed for a long time.
Neither government has made any statement about this approach between the probe and the spy satellite.
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