GPS systems may die in 2010

Horrible news issued by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO): “It is uncertain whether the Air Force will be able to acquire new satellites in time to maintain current GPS service without interruption.”

The report points to the Air Force’s failure to complete the GPS IIF program, which ended up costing nearly a billion dollars more than anticipated and which is three years behind schedule. It is supposedly going to be ready by this November.

There is also a GPS IIA program, which involves another block of satellites, is likely to fall behidn as well. And this is the one raising most concern: “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 is committing to providing.”

You can read the report here if interested.

I hope this doesn’t come true! I rely on this thing immensely so as not to get lost.