gargantua wrote:Would that be true in the event of a massive solar flare? Fortunately it is rare for us to be directly in the path of a solar event, but it's happened before.
In the event of a massive solar flare, the only hope for any satellite is if they can shut it down in time. As the sun is constantly monitored, they would likely have some warning. I have no idea how long it takes to get a satellite shut down.
But that would only be a small part of the problem. There would likely be a huge, maybe country wide blackout as all power grids are also susceptible. If in winter, no heat, light etc. No traffic lights, so whether human or self driven it would be a mess at best.
All the markets and wall street would be down. Just about everything in your world would be affected.