The United States voiced deep suspicion on Tuesday over Russia’s pursuit of new space weapons, including a mobile laser system to destroy satellites in space, and the launch of a new inspector satellite which was acting in an “abnormal” way.
According to a report on The Telegraph and an item from Reuters, a US official said the satellite was acting suspiciously, describing its recent launch as “a very troubling development” that appears to justify Donald Trump’s new Space Force branch of the armed forces.
“Its behaviour on-orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before,” Yleem Poblete, the assistant secretary at the state department’s bureau of arms control, verification and compliance, told a UN disarmament conference in Geneva on Tuesday
“We are concerned with what appears to be very abnormal behaviour.”
Russia dismissed her comments as “unfounded, slanderous accusations based on suspicions”.