Michael Thompson, a graduate student at Purdue University in the United States, recently tweeted that Russia’s “check satellite” Cosmos 2542 changed its orbit a few weeks ago and appears to be making its orbit with the U.S. “USA245,” according tomedia BGR. The satellite (a National Reconnaissance Service KH11 satellite) is synchronized.
The Cosmos 2542 satellite was launched last November and has not really come close to the U.S. KH-11 reconnaissance satellite since November. But Mr Thompson said something had suddenly changed a few weeks earlier. Not only did Russia’s probe strangely get close, but it also changed its orbital pattern to basically match the orbit of the “USA245” satellite, which has been in space since late 2013.
One of the reasons for this concern is that it should be able to capture some detailed photos in that range.
At least one expert believes that such exercises may be a prelude to some kind of conflict, or at least a practice. Russian spacecraft expert Anatoly Zak told The Daily Beast that the move to approach the U.S. spy satellite in this way “could cause some harm.” “