Solar flares to disrupt GPS in 2011?

Engadget:  Here’s a date for your diary – almost.  In roughly five to six years, your GPS devices won’t work for several hours due to solar flare activity, according to new research from Cornell University.

In 2011 or 2012, when the sun reaches its next solar maximum, scientists expect it to cause a 90% GPS signal drop for several hours.

Cornell University ResearchersAlessandro Cerruti (pictured on the left), a Cornell graduate student who studies solar flare effects, envisions this horrific day as a “nightmare situation,” given that all planes will likely have GPS signaling by that time.

However, Dr. Paul Kinter (pictured on the right), Cerruti’s advisor, has a solution: “I think the best remedy is to be aware of the problem and operate GPS systems with the knowledge that they may fail during a solar flare.” Voila.

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4 Responses to Solar flares to disrupt GPS in 2011?
  1. Auto GPS | 09/12/2006 at 2:57

    We will have to use our brains for a few hours and remember where we are!

  2. Cara Fletcher | 11/09/2007 at 12:59

    I am very interested how my GPS systems my automobile one and the one in my cell phone will stop working for some hours.I am not so dependent on them so it won’t be a problem for me not to use them.

  3. John | 27/12/2008 at 22:41

    So is this the cover up for a massive meteor to hit earth and wipe out all mankind, or could this be the SOLAR FLARE that leaps humans to evolve into something more alien. I dont think anything will happen at all. are own weather people can’t get the weather predictions right,what makes you think that they can predict this .Who cares if it wipes out a our phones for a couple hours, what will we do? Its like we never forgot our phones at home before.”darn”

    JL

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