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Both military satellites on Thursday, August 4, will be at a very close distance from each other.
Russia sent a spy satellite Kosmos 2558 into space on Monday, August 1, to possibly track behind a similar US military satellite called “USA 326”. Space writes about this.
The publication writes that even before the Russian satellite was launched into space, there were rumors that it was a spy satellite whose main task was to monitor a similar American spacecraft.< /p>
According to Roskosmos on the official Telegram channel, on August 1, shortly before midnight, a Soyuz rocket launched from the Plesetsk cosmodrome with a “spacecraft developed in the interests of the Russian Defense Ministry.” The name of this apparatus is “Cosmos 2558”.
According to Marco Langbrok, a blogger from the Netherlands who tracks military satellites in space, rumors that a Russian spy satellite will monitor US military satellite USA 326 could be confirmed or refuted in the near future. According to Langbrock, the Russian military satellite was launched into the same orbital plane as its American “colleague”, which went into space aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket.
Langbrock claims that both satellites are already very close, and on August 4, they can get even closer if there are no changes in their orbits.
“With its current orbit, the Cosmos 2558 satellite will rendezvous with the USA 326 satellite as early as the evening of August 4. The approximate distance between them will be 75 km,” Langbrock wrote.
At the same time, according to Space, the American satellite itself is an interesting space object.
According to astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, a few days ago, a secret American military satellite sent into space “or a smaller satellite, or it's some kind of wreck”.
The Space publication writes that the assumption that a Russian satellite can track an American spacecraft is not surprising. Two years ago, two Russian satellites were already maneuvering within 160 km of the US satellite USA 245. Then this caused indignation among the US military, who considered such actions of the Russian devices to be real surveillance of their satellite. As Langbrock wrote on his blog, “It will be interesting to watch the two satellites over the coming weeks to see what really happens.”
As Focus wrote in May This year, the top-secret Russian satellite Kosmos-2555 with the letter Z burned up in the atmosphere. He was in space for only 20 days.
Focushas already written that Russia has once again announced that it is leaving the International Space Station. And this, according to the new head of Roscosmos, will happen after 2024.
SpaceX owner Elon Musk even joked about this on Twitter after this statement, as Focus already wrote.< /p>
But later it became known, as Focus already wrote, that most likely Russia will not leave the ISS until 2028. By this time, the Russian Federation plans to build its own orbital station.