In June 2017, Chinese satellite Shijian 17 (SJ-17) approached an active Chinese communications satellite, Chinasat 6A, for rendezvous and subsequent proximity operations. The two satellites got as close as 1.67 km on July 1, 2017.
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From early November to late December, 2021, Chinese satellite SJ-21 maintained a close distance with a space object labeled by the U.S. Space Force’s 18th Space Control Squadron as the satellite’s apogee kick motor, SJ-21 AKM, while performing several maneuvers during a westward drift.
In the first and second week of February 2015, the Russian Luch (Olymp) satellite maneuvered to perform a close approach with a second Express AM satellite. This time, Luch maneuvered next to Express AM-33, a Russian communications satellite, getting as close as 10 km.
In late December 2014, Russian satellite Luch (Olymp) performed a month-long close approach with Russian communications satellite SESAT 2 (Express AM-22), getting as close as 7 km on January 31, 2015.