GPS malfunction caused ’12 hours of chaos’ on Earth

February 5, 2016

THE GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM (GPS) suffered a 12-hour borkage last week that played havoc with computer systems.

The ramifications on Earth were spectacular, despite timings being just 13 microseconds out after one of the network of satellites was taken out of service.

Telecoms were disrupted and BBC national DAB stations were forced off air in some parts of the country, highlighting just how much rides on the accuracy of GPS.

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