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USAF begins Massive GPS blackouts

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posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 02:29 PM
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Hmm what about surveying GPS units? They require precise frequencies I think. Does that mean those businesses are SOL during the blackout?




posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 02:31 PM
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a reply to: SkeptiSchism

Only if they're airborne. Ground units won't be affected.



posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 02:32 PM
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a reply to: NightFlight

No. They still have VOR but they're starting to phase those out as well since they're going to more or less free navigation.



posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 02:40 PM
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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: SkeptiSchism

Only if they're airborne. Ground units won't be affected.


How will the satellites ascertain what is a ground unit and what is airborne?



posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 02:45 PM
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a reply to: Violater1

They won't. The jamming platform is ground based, so the lower you are, the closer you have to be to feel the effects of it.



posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 02:49 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Garmin 600's and Garmin 1000's...filling the glass flight decks these days...glass cockpit

nice of ya to keep us all replied....cool of ya

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posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 02:50 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

I see so if you were doing a topo survey near one of their ground units you could be out of work for a couple days but if you're far enough away you're good to go?



posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 02:53 PM
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Maybe, or the other way around.....I'm a good helper Zaph....no i'm not....

a reply to: SkeptiSchism


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posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 03:08 PM
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a reply to: mikell
LORAN is history but aircraft can still navigate using the VOR system with out GPS. It take practice, anyway it will be a good time to put a little practice into play. It's been a long time since I flew the fish finder.



posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 03:16 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Nevermind,
Found the link in the article and it answered my question.👍

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Is this jamming system mobile or static. And is it based at china lake?
Is this it?

36.1324944, -117.5314168


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posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 04:28 PM
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My personal favorite.



posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 04:44 PM
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a reply to: SkeptiSchism

Yes. Think of it as an upside down wedding cake. On the ground, unless you're right next to it, you won't notice it. At 50 feet, it jams a couple miles on either side. At 50, 000 it reaches all the way to Baja.



posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 04:45 PM
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a reply to: Bigburgh

Nellis has their own out on the range where the training happens.



posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 05:23 PM
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They weren't kidding when they said Red Flag 18-1 was going to be incredibly realistic. Heh.

www.abovetopsecret.com...



posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 05:26 PM
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originally posted by: VengefulGhost
didnt know that never used gps . on the occasions need to navigate use good old fashioned map and compass .

hence figured the gps outage would effect all the electronic gizmos people rely on to navigate these days .


GPS signals are sent in the microwave band, at about 1600 MHz. The other radio navigation aids include VOR/TAC in the VHF band and non-directional ADF beacons in the low frequency band. And sophisticated civilian aircraft can have non radio nav systems like inertial navigation systems. You can even do some non precision navigation using onboard weather radar. Just adjust the tilt down and it will paint large lakes, coastlines, etc. Plus, at 41,000 feet you can see just short of 300 miles so you can see major cities a long way away, particularly at night.



posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 05:31 PM
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originally posted by: jimmyx

originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: VengefulGhost

They don't affect ground level or low altitude. It's only high and medium altitudes that will be affected.


with all due respect, zap, why don't they turn off the GPS of the individual craft involved in the exercise?.....the amount of possible accidental harm from this wide area shutdown would seem to make this problematic.


Simple answer is it wouldn't be a test. What they will do is deploy low-cost jammers placed at the right location to wreak havoc with incoming GPS signals, which are often quite weak. So part of it will be to detect those jammers as well as circumvent them.

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posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 05:36 PM
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This would seem to be an acknowledgement China,Russia or maybe even North Korea can jam GPS



posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 05:38 PM
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a reply to: khnum

Someone at the Pentagon forgot to have their mandatory lobotomy and realized we might want to relearn how to go low tech, just in case. It's less that they can jam it, and more that satellites, especially GPS satellites, are going to be a major target if a near peer war were to happen.



posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 05:47 PM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Things are getting unstable in so many areas its not like the old days of the Mustang 16000 plus built at $630000 a piece in todays money in short order I sure hope you got enough planes.
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posted on Jan, 27 2018 @ 05:51 PM
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originally posted by: misterhistory
I don’t recall but would cell phones not be impeded even if was at all altitudes? I thought they used cell towers for gps coordinates without gps satellite help?


GPS is purely satellite based,so if they use cell towers it won't be GPS.They can triangulate from adjacent cell towers and work out a rough location (to within about 100 metres) based on relative signal strengths,but because the aerials aren't directional it can never be all that accurate.

The handset can also send back GPS based location data to the cell tower without the user even knowing it,giving location accuracies to within a couple of metres.

They can even use wi-fi signals the phone picks up that always have some sort of identifier attached to the signal,this can localise you to within range of that particular wi-fi unit.



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