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.
Alessandro 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.