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Space storm hits satellites, airlines; consumer GPS systems are safe

Sharon Gaudin | Jan. 26, 2012
Radiation from the largest solar flare in more than six years shouldn't adversely affect communications or technology for most people on earth, experts say.

The errors are so small that most people wouldn't notice any effect from them. However, people and industries who rely on extremely exact calculations could be affected this week, he said.

"Would you notice it in your car? No," said Biesecker. "But if you're doing precision agriculture, where you need to fertilize and water exactly where you planted a seed, now the crops won't grow as well. Or if you're doing surveying where you need accuracy to a centimeter, you're impacted."



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