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User:
U.S. Department of Defense  Search this
Maker:
Collins Avionics & Communications Division of Rockwell International  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 40 cm x 38 cm x 14 cm; 15 3/4 in x 14 15/16 in x 5 1/2 in
Object Name:
gps receiver
Place made:
United States: Iowa, Cedar Rapids
Date made:
1988-1993
Description:
The Global Positioning System (GPS) consists of NAVSTAR satellites in earth orbit that send signals to receivers on land, sea, or in the air. The system became operational in 1978. Its military usefulness was demonstrated during Operation Desert Storm (1991), when coalition troops with receivers were able to navigate quickly and with great precision in the relatively featureless desert, thus having a significant tactical advantage over Iraqi forces. Collins Defense Communications, a subsidiary of Rockwell International, developed this GPS receiver (AN/PSN-8) for the U.S. military and delivered 1,400 units to the Department of Defense between 1988 and 1993. Although termed the "Manpack," it weighed 17 pounds and thus was often strapped to a truck or a helicopter. Each unit cost $45,000.
Location:
Currently on loan
Related event:
Operation Desert Storm  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of Collins Avionics & Communications Division
ID Number:
1997.0006.01
Catalog number:
1997.0006.01
Accession number:
1997.0006
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Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-38de-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1187729