Welcome to the ION Virtual Museum!

The Institute of Navigation is a non-profit professional society dedicated to advancing positioning, navigation and timing. The ION also recognizes the importance of preserving previous art and science in navigation. In June 2004, the ION approved the establishment of an ION Virtual Museum to help preserve this past.

Rather than a physical museum, this virtual museum allows visitors to read descriptions, view photographs, and obtain detailed information on devices, systems, components, and/or methods in a convenient electronic format. In some cases physical artifacts are rare or not available; this virtual museum allows the visitor to obtain information on these artifacts. For actual artifacts on display, the locations are listed on most pages to allow interested participants to visit them.

To begin, select a category below or from the menu at left.

Aviation related items
Marine related items
Land applications
Space Navigation
Inertial Navigation Systems
Celestial Navigation
Radio navigation systems and equipment
System Descriptions
Archival Documents

Submit your item to the Navigation Museum!
Do you have something that belongs in the ION Navigation Museum? Sharing your navigation "treasure" is easy! Simply fill out the online form, providing some background information and even photographs of the item.

Museum Editorial Board

While ION makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information via this Internet site, the ION does not endorse or certify such information. Use of such information is voluntary and the user assumes all risk of its use. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the ION.

We invite your comments. Please submit them to membership@ion.org.