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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Talking 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.
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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.

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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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