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I don't understand. If the GPS stytem could fail as early as next year then why are the census people marking coordinates on every front door in America RIGHT NOW for the 2010 Census?
Originally posted by Make Speed Limit 45
Who cares about the damn GPS system??. We didn't even have it until a couple decades ago and the world managed just fine. Another stupid frill that the idiot american now regards as essential. Let it fail.
There have been more than enough articles around here about the black budget spy satellite system which are not available to the public, and which the government is not going to allow to break because they will lose a lot of control.
Originally posted by Dorfl
reply to post by timewalker
GPS failing is probably just as big a surprise for the US Census Bureau as it is for you and me. A more important question is who asked the Census Bureau to gather exact geographical locations of 'front doors'? And who will have access to the resulting database?
Originally posted by TheOracle
They wont let the GPS fail, simply because GPS has a competitor: the russian GLONASS. Which is actually a better system
Originally posted by ElectricUniverse
GPS system 'close to breakdown'
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US government officials are concerned that the quality of the Global Positioning System (GPS) could begin to deteriorate as early as next year, resulting in regular blackouts and failures – or even dishing out inaccurate directions to millions of people worldwide.
The satellites are overseen by the US Air Force, which has maintained the GPS network since the early 1990s. According to a study by the US government accountability office (GAO), mismanagement and a lack of investment means that some of the crucial GPS satellites could begin to fail as early as next year.
Originally posted by Pjotr
There is still a Russian sytem and a Chinese sytem en in 2013 Galileo the European system. And I am sure they will invest to keep it running as far as "they" need it.
The sky isn't falling and neither is the Global Positioning System, the U.S. Air Force said during a Twitter news conference. "No, the GPS will not go down," tweeted Col. Dave Buckman of the Air Force's Space Command. "GAO points out, there is potential risk associated with a degradation in GPS performance."
"The issue is under control. We are working hard to get out the word. The issue is not whether GPS will stop working. There's only a small risk we will not continue to exceed our performance standard," the Air Force official said.
The tweet forum marked the first time Space Command has used its Twitter page for a scheduled forum. During the session, held Wednesday afternoon, the Air Force sought to allay fears raised by a Government Accountability Office report critical of its management of the GPS program.