As GPS devices are becoming more accessible on mobile phones and in box-shaped devices, humans are becoming a lot more dependent on them, including myself. I spent Memorial Day in Chicago and it was especially useful having a GPS to determine what road I was on when driving around downtown and Lake Shore Drive.
Col. Dave Buckman stated that there is a potential risk with GPS satellites becoming degraded, but the issue is under control by the government. “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,” stated Buckman on Twitter.
“We have 30+ satellites on orbit now. We’ll launch another in Aug 09, and again early 10. Going below 24 won’t happen,” stated the Air Force from the Twitter account.
The last time I wrote about the Air Force and Twitter was when the government agency used the micro-blogging platform for recruitment purposes.