Government killing off LORAN-C navigation system, deems GPS good enough — Engadget

There’s nothing like getting rid of your backups. Why does this just seem like a bad idea?

Government killing off LORAN-C navigation system, deems GPS good enough — Engadget

Government killing off LORAN-C navigation system, deems GPS good enough
By Tim Stevens posted Jan 20th 2010 10:33AM

Spare a thought for the noble LORAN network. It helped bombers and ships across the Atlantic in WWII and, since then, has served as a reliable system for helping sailors, domestic and otherwise, to find their position. Of course, now that everybody and their kid cousin has a GPS receiver in their back pocket the need for limited, complex, radio-based geolocation is somewhat reduced. So, the US government is killing it off, shutting down most of the towers on February 8, with those that stay online over the summer going decidedly offline this fall. The savings? $190 million over five years. The cost?

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