Government // Enterprise Architecture
04:25 PM

Air Force Sees Little Risk Of Losing GPS Accuracy

The issue arose earlier this month when the GAO, which is Congress' oversight operation, examined the GPS system.

The U.S. Air Force said there's little danger the GPS system it operates will fail, despite a report earlier this month by the Government Accountability Office suggesting the accuracy of the global position system could deteriorate in 2010.

"The GPS will not go down," said Col. Dave Buckman, who leads the GPS operation at the Peterson Air Force Space Command in Colorado. The GAO, however, did say this week that there could be a slight temporary deterioration in service as GPS satellites are shifted around while some are retired and replacements are added.

The issue arose earlier this month when the GAO, which is Congress' oversight operation, examined the GPS system. The GAO study stated, "It is uncertain whether the Air Force will be able to acquire new satellites in time to maintain current GPS services without interruption. If not, some military and some civilian users could be adversely affected."

That sent GPS aficionados to their phones and computers, asking the Air Force what it planned to do. While the Air Force didn't criticize the GAO report, it sought to reassure the civilian and military users of the system.

"The current GPS constellation has the most satellites and the greatest capability ever," according to an Air Force statement. "We are committed to maintaining at least our current level of service, while striving to improve service and capability through ongoing modernization efforts."

The Air Force said it's committed to maintaining a working GPS satellite constellation of at least 24 units, and it maintains a few extra in reserve. It launches new GPS satellites as they are needed.

What's the state of wireless adoption in the enterprise today? Take part in our survey by June 2 and let us know. Upon completion, you'll be eligible to enter a drawing to receive one Apple 16-GB iPod Touch valued at $299.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial Services
IT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on for the week of October 9, 2016. We'll be talking with the editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll