Magellan Developmental Power Supply for GPS Receiver

The Magellan Systems Corporation produced some of the earliest handheld GPS units for civilian use. In 1986 company engineers began experimenting with electronic mockups. This is the earliest power supply unit. Together with a "breadboard" receiver (2010.0154.01) and a keyboard (2010.0154.02), this object was used to test circuitry and components at Magellan while developing the first civilian GPS receiver.
Magellan Systems Corporation
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 2 7/8 in x 10 1/4 in x 4 in; 7.3025 cm x 26.035 cm x 10.16 cm
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Credit Line
from MITAC Digital Corporation through Michael Williams
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Measuring & Mapping
Time and Navigation
Time and Navigation, National Air and Space Museum
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National Museum of American History