James Bond in Space: Russian Spacecraft Trailing U.S. Spy Satellite

U.S. officials have called it "unusual and disturbing behavior."
Loukia Papadopoulos

There is some drama happening up in space and it is causing concern for U.S. officials.  According to Time magazine who first reported the story on Monday, two Russian spacecraft have been trailing a U.S. spy satellite.

Spying on other countries

The purpose behind this surveillance is to spy on other countries, according to the commander of the U.S. Space Force.

"This is unusual and disturbing behavior and has the potential to create a dangerous situation in space," Gen. John Raymond, the Space Force chief of space operations, said in a statement to Business Insider. "The United States finds these recent activities to be concerning and do not reflect the behavior of a responsible spacefaring nation."

According to Time magazine, the event marks the "first time the U.S. military has publicly identified a direct threat to a specific American satellite by an adversary." There is the worry that space may offer a new frontier for long-standing confrontations to take place.

Space Force

Now, the Pentagon and the White House are saying these events indicate more than ever the need for Donald Trump's Space Force. The new Space Force, the first new military service since the Air Force was created in 1947, is asking for $15 billion in order to actively defend satellites.