[time-nuts] NIST

Peter Laws plaws0 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 30 14:14:17 EDT 2018


On Thu, Aug 30, 2018 at 12:59 PM Bob kb8tq <kb8tq at n1k.org> wrote:

> There most certainly was a lot of “stuff” in orbit by that time. If there was
> a mass die off of satellites, you would not have to look hard to find out about
> it.

Probably not as many as there are 3 decades later, but of course.
Satellite service (any type of satellite) is much more likely to be
human-caued.

But here (and in other fora) the concern is that WWV Must Be
Maintained in order to save us from being late for coffee if another
event on the level of the Carrington Event takes out every single GNSS
spacecraft in orbit.  But I can't find anything on the effect of that
sort of solar event on satellites.  Almost as if, maybe, satellite
operators were aware of solar physics and planned for this sort of
event.

And I still haven't seen any coherent argument in favor of keeping WWV
that doesn't involve nostalgia or (perhaps) unfounded fear.

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