Global Positioning System: Are We Too Dependent On It?

Ask an Expert Live

November 1, 2017 | 12:30pm
Presented Online

GPS receivers are now inside all smartphones and are standard equipment on most new automobiles. As a result, many of us no longer know how to read maps and fewer still know how to use a compass.  Are we relying too much on GPS? What would happen if the service were disrupted? Join us on Facebook Live as curator Paul Ceruzzi discusses the main threats to the system and how the U.S. government and others are taking steps to maintain its reliability and integrity.

Planning to attend in-person? Meet in the Time and Navigation gallery. 


Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. we will go live on the National Air and Space Museum Facebook page with an Ask an Expert talk. We’ll select a different aviation or space topic each week, and a Museum staff member will discuss the history, stories, or personalities related to a specific artifact or exhibition in the Museum. Tune in on Facebook Live each week to join the talk and ask our experts questions.