Air Force rebuts auditor’s concerns about GPS

Air Force rebuts auditor’s concerns about GPS

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US: A government report raising questions about the future reliability of the GPS satellite network is “overly pessimistic,” Air Force commanders said. A report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, said the latest GPS satellite was launched almost 3 1/2 years behind schedule and further delays could leave the system with fewer than the 24 orbiting satellites it needs as older models wear out and quit working.

Col David Buckman of the Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, said the report’s facts were correct, but “we think it draws overly pessimistic conclusions based on those facts.” Col Buckman said satellites currently in the design or construction phase are on schedule and the Air Force has 31 healthy, operational satellites in orbit.

Even if the count did drop below 24 which Col Buckman said was unlikely, most users including some military applications, wouldn’t be affected, he said.

Source: NDTV