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Pamlicotraveler 01-23-2007 03:36 PM

Risk of GPS loss
 
The Chinese government confirmed today that it had conducted a successful test of a new anti-satellite weapon by shooting down one of their own satellites. It should serve as an alert to navigators that a functioning GPS system can't be assumed.

It made me move "learn celestial navigation" higher up my to do list.

capt.stu 01-23-2007 03:52 PM

If it gets to the point that the Chinese are shooting down our satalites, I don't think it will matter much where you are going. Best to just stay at sea.

Stu :eek:

JagsBch 01-23-2007 06:16 PM

WOW~!! I guess we can thank Bill Clinton for that.

sailingdog 01-23-2007 06:21 PM

If the Chinese start shooting down GPS satellites, then small islands in the south Pacific might be the best place to head to...and having your sextant along is probably a good idea.

Giulietta 01-23-2007 06:22 PM

oh my God...the russians are coming...the russians are coming....

Chil out.....we still have to wait for the US to Invade France...:D :D

JouvertSpirit 01-23-2007 07:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JagsBch
WOW~!! I guess we can thank Bill Clinton for that.

Nixon is more like it. But if GPS satellites start being shot down, there will be more to worry about than your chart plotter.

hcooper 01-23-2007 07:08 PM

GPS loss
 
Nixon was not the one, it was WJ Clinton that also invited them aboard our boomers and fast attack subs. Nevertheless, that is past history. There is always basic old charting and even the old compass. Not all bad. Just had a friend that was sailing from Port Aransas, Texas to Isla Mujeres, when his whole system went down about 200 nm out. He actually made it using the compass and some good chart work. The Chinese had nothing to do with it. :D

T34C 01-23-2007 07:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JouvertSpirit
Nixon is more like it. But if GPS satellites start being shot down, there will be more to worry about than your chart plotter.

You have got to be kidding. We didn't even have GPS then. Or the guided missles to shoot down a satelite.

Fstbttms 01-23-2007 08:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JagsBch
WOW~!! I guess we can thank Bill Clinton for that.

http://www.fotolode.com/images/fstbt...s/rolleyes.gif There's one in every bunch.

sailingfool 01-23-2007 08:30 PM

As the PO of my current boat completed their shakedown cruise from New England to Bermuda, they arrived in the nieghborhood of the island with no engine and not a drop of battery power, due to a series of little surprises that compounded to produce four dead batteries. They did have a sextant and knew how to use it, so they sailed without too much excitement directly into St. George.

I think anyone going offshore relying on GPS is asking for trouble...


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