Magnavox Land Navigator

This receiver was designed for navigating on land using the same Transit satellite transmissions used to steer submarines. Smithsonian scientists used this receiver while doing geological field work in the 1980s. It enabled them to navigate vast expanses of desert devoid of landmarks. The Transit navigation system ended service in 1996.
Caption:
This unit was designed for navigating vehicles on land using Transit satellite transmissions and a magentic compass and monitoring the speed of movement.
Type: Artifact
Image Date: 2013
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Origin: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Creator: Eric Long
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This unit was designed for navigating vehicles on land using Transit satellite transmissions and a magentic compass and monitoring the speed of movement.