Wednesday, May 20, 2009

GPS could fail by next year?

The failure could affect those with GPS on their auto navigation systems, boats and cell phones.

"The Global Positioning System faces the possibility of failures and blackouts, a federal watchdog agency has warned the U.S. Congress. Mismanagement by and underinvestment by the U.S. Air Force places the GPS at risk of failure in 2010 and beyond. The problem: Delays in launching replacement satellites, among other things.

According to the Government Accountability Office report, "In recent years, the Air Force has struggled to successfully build GPS satellites within cost and schedule goals" as part of a $2 billion modernization program.

'If the Air Force does not meet its schedule goals for development of GPS IIIA satellites, there will be an increased likelihood that in 2010, as old satellites begin to fail, the overall GPS constellation will fall below the number of satellites required to provide the level of GPS service that the U.S. government commits to.'" According to PC World.


Bungalow Bill said...

As much as I love my GPS, this may not be as bad as it sounds. Considering the abuses of GPS in its Big Brother form, I hope it happens. Besides, they plan on using GPS to tax us more. Let's hope the whole system fails at that point. Of course, there would be a huge military problem if that happens, since many weapons depend on GPS to hit their targets.

LL said...

The priority for keeping those sorts of satellites flying will mean that the launches will happen.

The Keeper Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK) said...

I believe the report, but I think that GPS is key to everything our pet FEDZILLA wants to do to us, so there is no way they will let it fail unless there is already some other more sinister program in the works.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I know some people who would be rendered useless if their GPS doesn't work... ;) It'll be interesting to see how this little fiasco gets addressed. :)

TJSharky said...

What I don't understand is why we are relying on the government to fund the building of these satellites. With the number of telecommunication companies that we have now I can't imagine they couldn't bid for the contract. That would keep tax money from being wasted on overages and missed deadlines.