A Day Without Satellites

Pål Brekke

Abstract: It’s easy to overlook the central role satellites play today, simply because of how seamlessly they integrate into our daily lives. From tens of thousands of kilometers away, navigation satellites help us navigate with incredible precision. Our global communications systems would not work without satellites. Satellites also enable remote regions, ships and aircraft to communicate with the rest of world. We use satellites for TV feeds, tracking ships, oil spill detection as well as providing accurate weather forecasts. But what if a superstorm from the Sun disrupts all satellites? What would be the impact on our technology based society? This presentation will outline how it would be to wake up one morning to a day without satellites.
Published in: Proceedings of the 32nd International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of The Institute of Navigation (ION GNSS+ 2019)
September 16 - 20, 2019
Hyatt Regency Miami
Miami, Florida
Pages: 1 - 69
Cite this article: Brekke, Pål, "A Day Without Satellites," Proceedings of the 32nd International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of The Institute of Navigation (ION GNSS+ 2019), Miami, Florida, September 2019, pp. 1-69. https://doi.org/10.33012/2019.16884
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