The family of satellites was affected by the Y2K glitch for nearly three days, a failure far more substantial than the Pentagon's earlier reports of just a few hours, The Chicago Tribune reported today, based on interviews with what it terms "knowledgeable" government officials.
A computer patch intended to avert Y2K glitches turned the flow of data from five spy satellites into indecipherable garble. Within a few hours, Pentagon technicians redirected the satellite signals and began the slow process of manually deciphering the signals, according to the report.
The three-day shutdown occurred at a time when the entire U.S. intelligence community was on global alert for potential terrorist activity relating to Year 2000 celebrations, the report states.
"The outage diminished capacity for a while... a couple of days, but back up procedures were put in
place almost immediately," said Susan Hansen, a Pentagon spokesperson. The Pentagon