GPS rollover causes no serious problems

GPS rollover causes no serious problems

The Global Positioning System rollover on Aug. 21-22 caused no significant problems for the Air Force, said Col. Delbert B. Atkinson, deputy director of the Standard Systems Group.

'We had no serious problems, although we did get some [help desk] calls' at SSG's Fusion Center, Atkinson said.

'We overstaffed and had sufficient people available' during an around-the-clock weekend operation at the Gunter Annex of Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., Atkinson said.

He termed the operation a success.

The GPS rollover, just like Sept. 9, enabled SSG officials to stage what amounted to a dress rehearsal for Dec. 31.

The GPS system time changed at midnight Aug. 21, according to the Coast Guard Navigation Center Web site, at www.

navcen.uscg.mil. Unless repaired, many GPS receivers would claim it was Jan. 6, 1980, on Aug. 22, with Jan. 7, 1980, coming on Aug. 23. GPS broadcasts apparently contained sufficient data to ensure that navigation is not affected by the date change this year, according to the Coast Guard Web site.



'Bill Murray

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