[amsat-bb] Re: Good Night, Loran
w6zkh at comcast.net
Tue Feb 9 07:28:21 PST 2010
In our aging fleet of GPS Satellites, which are on the brink of dying, and no replacements in sight, wonder what will happen then?? Everyone dont throw away your compass and paper maps. $190 mill is a small price to pay for something that will work, compared to what other $$ the govt throws away on toilet seats, etc.
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From: "Clint BRADFORD" <clintbradford at mac.com>
To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
Sent: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 3:36:58 AM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: [amsat-bb] Good Night, Loran
In a series of small ceremonies, the U.S. Coast Guard on Monday shut down Loran-C, a navigation and timing system that has guided mariners and aviators since World War II.
The death blow came last May when President Obama called the system obsolete, saying it is no longer needed in an age in which Global Positioning System devices are nearly ubiquitous in cars, planes and boats.
Killing Loran-C will save the government $190 million over five years, Obama said. But supporters of Loran -- including the man known as "the father of GPS" -- say the nation's increasing reliance on GPS paradoxically has increased the importance of maintaining Loran as a backup.
At 3 p.m. Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard turned off Loran signals at 19 of the 24 Loran stations. Signals remain at five stations because of agreements with Russia and Canada, but the Coast Guard expects those stations to be decommissioned by June after the United States receives verification that those countries have been notified of the change.
The five stations that temporarily remain on line are at Attu, in Alaska's Aleutian Islands, and Caribou, Maine; Nantucket, Massachusetts; Shoal Cove, Alaska; and George, Washington.
- from CNN/Reuters
Clint Bradford, K6LCS
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