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Satellites suffer mystery blackouts: Thunderstorms on the edge of space may be causing loss of GPS signals

Richard Gray

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Oct. 4, 2016

  • The European Space Agency launched its three Swarm satellites in 2013 
  • They have suffered regular GPS blackouts as they pass over the equator
  • Scientists have traced the blackouts to thunderstorms in the ionosphere 
  • The findings could help develop more reliable GPS systems in the future 

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