PSN-8 Manpack GPS Receiver

The Manpack was one of the first portable GPS receivers for combat troops. It weighs about 8 kilograms (17 pounds). About 1,400 were manufactured from 1988 to 1993 and were used by coalition ground troops in Operation Desert Storm in 1991. GPS allowed quick and precise navigation in the featureless desert and provided a tactical advantage against an enemy with no access to GPS technology.

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The Manpack was one of the first portable GPS receivers for combat troops.
Type: Artifact
Image Date: 2012
Credit: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Origin: National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Creator: Jaclyn Nash
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The Manpack was one of the first portable GPS receivers for combat troops.