AN/PSN-8 Manpack GPS receiver, 1988-1993

Made:
1988-1993 in Cedar county
maker:
Rockwell Collins

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Royal School of Military Survey| Science Museum, London

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Royal School of Military Survey| Science Museum, London

AN/PSN-8 Manpack GPS receiver, manufactured by Rockwell Collins, Cedar County, Iowa, United States, 1988-1993.

The AN/PSN-8 Manpack was the one of the first GPS (Global Positioning System) receivers used by the military. Although it could be carried by a single person, it weighed 8KG and was bulky and cumbersome, so in practice was often strapped to vehicles such as trucks or helicopters. They were used by coalition forces during the First Gulf War, and allowed troops to navigate through the featureless desert terrain.

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Details

Category:
Navigation
Object Number:
L2014-4184
Materials:
aluminium (metal), plastic (unidentified), rubber (unidentified)
type:
gps receiver
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • navigational instrument
credit:
Lent by Ministry of Defence: Royal School of Military Survey
status:
Loan

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