A study has revealed that the thunderstorms are the real reason behind the GPS blackout. The scientists from European Space Agency (ESA) have found thunderstorms on low orbiting satellites while flying over the equator between Africa and South America.
European Space Agency's Swarm that is known as a trio of satellites is evaluating and solving the different magnetic fields. The scientists explained that the swarm satellite uses GPS receiver as part of their positioning system. That is how the operators keep them in the correct orbits.
Moreover, the Global Positioning System (GPS) keep a record of where the satellites are making their scientific dimensions. The scientists have said that many times satellite lose their GPS connection. As per the study, the connection was broken 166 times during first two years of orbit. The researchers have claimed a strong link between GPS blackout and ionospheric 'thunderstorms'.