Air Force said GPS fears groundless

Posted: May 25, 2009 in Tech

The US Air Force squashed suggestions that the GPS network is in danger of failing next year.

A report issued by Government spending watchdog the Government Accountability Office (GAO) claimed that the GPS network was in danger of going down as the US Air Force fell behind in launching new satellites.

Colonel Dave Buckman of the Air Force said the GPS will not go down. Buckman added that the Air Force has plenty of extra satellites in space, acting as backup should any of the primary satellites fail.

The GPS network comprises 31 satellites, with nearly $6 billion allocated over the next five years to maintain the satellite and ground control facilities.

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