Gen. John "Jay" Raymond said, since previous year, two Russian satellites have been demonstrating "unusual and distributing behavior" while following a multibillion-dollar us spy satellite in orbit.
"The United States finds these recent activities to be concerning and do not reflect the behavior of a responsible spacefaring nation", Raymond said.
The two Russian satellites have come within 100 miles of the USA satellite and the U.S. has raised concerns about the matter to Moscow through diplomatic channels, Space Force Commander Gen. John Raymond told TIME Magazine's W. J. Hennigan.
This is believed to be the first time ever that the US military has identified a direct threat to an American satellite.
U.S. President Donald Trump established the Space Force, an independent military branch under the Air Force, in December.
The Russian inspector satellite came to the attention of the news media following a series of tweets by Michael Thompson, astrodynamics and space applications graduate student at Purdue University.
Russian Federation launched the inspection satellite, the Kosmos-2542, into orbit in November. One expert compared it to a "Russian nesting doll".
The explanation was called into question in mid-January as analysts noticed the two satellites were flying close by the American satellite dubbed United States of America 245. "One of these satellites released a projectile into space". One of the satellites, dubbed Cosmos-2542, ejected a sub-satellite, Cosmos-2543.
The Russian satellites' maneuvering was spotted by Michael Thompson, a satellite and spacecraft enthusiast, who wrote on Twitter that "this is all circumstantial evidence, but there are a hell of a lot of circumstances that make it look like a known Russian inspection satellite is now inspecting a known USA spy satellite". He reported that Cosmos 2542 made its most recent maneuver on January 31 and was drifting toward U.S. 245.
The Kremlin has insisted that the satellites are simply conducting experiments.
Yleem D.S. Poblete, the USA assistant secretary of state for arms control, verification and compliance, told the conference how a 2017 Russian satellite's "behaviour on-orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before from on-orbit inspection or space situational awareness capabilities, including other Russian inspection satellite activities".
In the decades since humanity first launched satellites to orbit, there have only been four known collisions between two such objects in space. "The U.S.is the most transparent in the world", he said. In 2009 an Iridium satellite slammed into Russia's Cosmos-2251.
Then, in 2005, USA upper stage was hit by a piece of a Chinese rocket's third stage.