Price: $4,795 USD (with 20 meter cable)
Optional 50 meter cable available Complete kit includes transceiver, domed antenna, 20 meter antenna cable + 2 phones - contents picture
What Is Iridium? The
Iridium Pilot is the 2012 successor to the popular maritime Iridium OpenPort terminal. The Pilot is built to withstand any conditions at sea such as freezing, blazing, rolling seas, heavy rain and even snow. The Pilot is a reliable broadband Internet data connection as well as three high-quality voice lines in one low-cost portable platform. Best of all, it has 100% pole-to-pole coverage keeping everyone connected anywhere on the globe. Iridium Pilot Brochure
Internet & Phone The Pilot support multiple computers on its Ethernet network with the simple addition of a wireless router. Once the Pilot is turned on, the network will be available in less than a minute for speeds of up to 128 Kbps. Each Iridium Pilot has three individual phone lines that can be used with any standard corded or cordless phone to make or receive calls from anyone in the world.
Cost Effective Open Sea Communications Engineered To Perform In All Sea Conditions
Iridium Pilot Features At A Glance: 100% global... Even on the North and South poles
Built for extreme conditions - heavy rain, rolling seas, heat, cold, extreme weather
Internet speeds of 128 Kbps in both directions to all connected devices
Three separate phone lines that can be used simultaneously
Internet usage rate between $13.95 to $0.49 cent per Megabyte transferred
Calling rates are between $0.99/min to as low as $0.39 per minute
Incoming calls are free, however, calling party will be charged their provider's rates
Easy to install. Please review Iridium Pilot Installation Manual
Flexible and attractive pricing Internet and phone packages starting at $0 per month!
Lightweight, low-profile maritime communications solution
5 year limited warranty
Iridium Pilot - Complete Kit Includes: ► Iridium Transceiver (1 Ethernet port & 3 phone ports) ► Powerful Iridium Antenna 570mm x 230mm (22.4") ► ADE Pole Bracket Mount - info ► 20 meter Antenna Cable (50 meter length available) ► Power Supply (with wall bracket) for 100 to 240 VAC ► May also provide direct DC power (11 to 32 VDC) ► 1 Captain's Phone with 2 meter cable ► 1 Crew Phone with 2 meter cable ► May use of any standard corded or cordless phones
of your choice.
Iridium OpenPort/Pilot Data (Internet) Plans Internet access is via Ethernet (data port) on the controller
Internet speeds of up to 128 Kbps in both directions
Global Phone & Internet Usage - No Restrictions
Data Plans 128 Kbps Speeds
In-Plan Cost Per MB In Megabytes
Overage Costs In Megabytes
Monthly Data Fee (U.S. Dollars)
0 Megabytes Included Up to 128 Kbps Speeds Cancel Anytime.
All usage billed at
$13.95 per MB
All usage billed at
$13.95 per MB
15 MBs Each Month Up to 128 Kbps Speeds Cancel Anytime
15MB = $10.60 per MB
Over 15 MB billed at
$11.00 per MB
30 MBs Each Month Up to 128 Kbps Speeds Cancel Anytime
30 MB = 7.90 per MB
Over 30 MB billed at
$8.50 per MB
SPECIAL PRICING* (Normally 100 MBs for $499/mo.)
175 MBs Each Month Cancel Anytime
175 MB = $2.85 per MB!
Over 175 MB billed at
$5.80 per MB
SPECIAL PRICING* (Normally 250 MBs for $797/mo.)
450 MBs Each Month Cancel Anytime
450 MB = $1.77 per MB!
Over 450 MB billed at
$4.00 per MB
1500 MBs Each Month Up to 128 Kbps Speeds Cancel Anytime
1500 MB = $1 per MB
Over 1500 MB billed at
$1 per MB
6000 MBs Each Month Up to 128 Kbps Speeds Cancel Anytime
Iridium OpenPort/Pilot Phone Plan - Must choose 1 plan below Call any landline, cellphone or other Iridium phone worldwide at prices posted below
Phone Plans Minutes Per Month
In Plan + Out-Of-Plan Costs Landline & Cellphone & Iridium Phones
Monthly Phone Fee (USD)
0 Minutes Usage Only Plan Usage Only Service - Cancel Anytime
$0.99/min to any landline or cellphone
$0.69/min to any Iridium Phone
150 Minutes Each Month Cancel Anytime
$0.66/min to any landline or cellphone
$0.66/min to any Iridium Phone
250 Minutes Each Month Cancel Anytime
$0.56/min to any landline or cellphone
$0.56/min to any Iridium Phone
500 Minutes Each Month Cancel Anytime
$0.49/min to any landline or cellphone
$0.49/min to any Iridium Phone
750 Minutes Each Month Cancel Anytime
$0.44/min to any landline or cellphone
$0.44/min to any Iridium Phone
1500 Minutes Each Month Cancel Anytime
$0.39/min to any landline or cellphone
$0.39/min to any Iridium Phone
Add A Local Number Give 1 or all of your Openport/Pilot phone lines local numbers to make calling your Pilot phones easy. more
Actual monthly costs = monthly Data Plan + monthly Phone Plan. Please choose both plans when ordering.
*Purchase the Special Limited Time Plan and lock in discounted rates for 18 months from activation!
Unused Megabytes or Minutes do not rollover to the following month.
Month-to-Month terms (30 day minimum) for all accounts.
Service is pro-rated for the first month. Billing begins on the 1st of each month.
Service plans changes (upgrades and downgrades) only take effect on the 1st day of any month.
Free Activation on all accounts.
Phone rates posted are to ANY standard landline, cellphone or other Iridium phone worldwide. Free incoming calls.
Free incoming calls (however, costs are burdened on the calling party). - Reduce these costs here Non-Standard Iridium Phone Rates to other phones, such as voice mail, and two stage dialing.
Assign phone numbers for each of the 3 phone lines. One line is for the captain... two lines for crew.
Plans list in MBs (Megabytes) and Kbps (Kilobits per second).
Create An Internet Hotspot While multiple computers can be supported with a installing a simple switch (aka Hub) to the Iridium Openport's Ethernet port, adding a Wireless Home Router turns the Pilot into a WiFi hotspot for any authorized in-range computer to connect to. Adding a WiFi router also keeps installations simple since no Ethernet cables need to be ran to other locations on the vessel.
Look After The Crew Iridium Pilot's three independent phone lines increase crew retention by keeping them connected with loved ones. Install cordless phones for the crew so they can have their privacy when making calls.
Internet On The Poles Since Iridium is 100% global, the Pilot happens to be the fastest way to connect to the Internet for those venturing into polar regions. Ground Control has designed the MCD-PILOT, a multi-purpose self-contained hardened case designed to used in cold weather environments, or a backup maritime communications. This WiFi hotspot provides up to 128 Kbps Internet speeds, 3 phone lines, and operates up to 20 hours on internal battery. A Polar-Ready office. - more info
Industry Leading 5 Year Warranty - FREE Iridium Pilot is backed by the Iridium Global Service program, an industry leading five-year limited manufacturer's warranty (one-year accessories) which offers exceptional value and peace of mind, and is backed by around-the-clock shipboard service at over 60 shipping ports worldwide. Iridium's Global Service Program keeps your maritime communications ship-shape at all times.
Each Pilot has three individual phone jacks (RJ-11) that each have a different "satellite" phone number. All three lines operate with any standard corded or cordless phones. The Pilot system includes a captain's phone with voicemail light and PIN safety protection, and a crew phone (Ground Control recommends using a standard analog corded or cordless phone in place of the crew phone).
Standard Phone Any standard corded or cordless phone may plug into one of the three phone jacks on the Iridium Pilot. You are not limited to using the Captain or Crew phones that ship with the Pilot.
Recommend purchasing the corded or cordless of your choice from any store.
Ruggedized Long-Range Cordless Phones Ultra Long Range (1/2 mile), ruggedized all weather cordless phones ideal for maritime operation. The Durafon base station may support multiple phone lines and multiple handsets. These phones may also communicate between handsets like walkie-talkies. Includes belt clip. Call for more information or visit the manufacturer.
Please Call for information or pricing
Durafon Pro supports up to 4 phone lines + 1 or more handsets.
Durafon 1X supports a single phone line + 1 or more handsets.
Iridium Pilot Captains Phone
(Standard Handset) This extra or replacement Captain's phone includes voicemail light, and PIN protection.
Price $115 USD
Please Call To Order
Iridium Pilot 20 Meter Cable- Replacement Iridium Pilot 20 Meter Antenna Cable for use with the Iridium Pilot. The Iridium Pilot ships with a 20' Meter cable by default. This cable would be a replacement.
Price $199 USD
Please Call To Order
Iridium Pilot 50 Meter Cable Iridium Pilot 50 Meter Antenna Cable for use with the Iridium Pilot.
Price $250 USD
(with purchase of Pilot)
(If purchased alone)
Please Call To Order
Other Iridium Pilot Accessories or Replacement Items
Iridium OpenPort - below deck unit (BDU) SMN-20646 BBDE0801
Iridium OpenPort - power supply, BDU SMN-20647 BBPS0801
Iridium OpenPort - mounting brackets, BDU power supply SMN-20648
Iridium OpenPort - antenna mounting kit SMN-20376
Iridium OpenPort - cord, power supply - UK SMN-20651 BPCU0801
Iridium OpenPort - cord, power supply - EU SMN-20652 BPCE0801
Iridium OpenPort - cord, power supply - US SMN-20653 BPCUS0801
Iridium OpenPort - cord, power supply - AUST SMN-20654 BPCA0801
Iridium OpenPort - cord, power supply - Japan SMN-20655 BPCJ0801
Iridium OpenPort - above deck unit (ADU) SMN-20661 BADE0801
Iridium OpenPort - ADE pole bracket mount, SMN-20662 BAPM0801
Iridium Openport to Pilot Conversion Program. SMN-20673
Iridium Pilot Specifications
Complete System Components
Iridium Pilot Antenna (ADE)
20 meter antenna cable (Optional 50 meter cable)
ADE Pole Mounting Bracket - Installation Instructions
Below Deck Unit (BDE)
Power Supply for VAC (100 to 240 VAC). May also provide direct DC 11 to 32 VDC
1 Captain's Desk Phone - Standard Handset
1 Crew Calling Phone (recommend using standard phone in place of crew phone)
• Height: 9.06 in (230mm)
• Diameter: 22.44 in (570mm)
• Weight: 24.25 lbs (11kg)
• Steering - Automatic, Solid State
• Ships Motion - provides useful link margin up to 20° roll
• Temperature -30° to +70° C (-22° to 158° F)
• Wind - In excess of 100 MPH (161 KPH) with proper mounting
• Environmental - IP 66 Compliant (Powerful water jets from any direction)
• Antenna Cable Length - (20 or 50 meters depending on purchase)
Below Deck Unit
• Height: 7.78 in (200 mm)
• Width: 9.84 in (250 mm)
• Depth: 2.17 in (55 mm)
• Weight: 2.98 1b (1.35 kg)
• Temperature -0° to +50° C (32° to 122° F)
• Main Power Voltage 100 - 240 VAC (output 100 W 24 volts @ 4.2 Amps max)
• DC Input (from power adapter) 11 to 32 VDC
• Power Usage on Standby - 18 Watts
• Power Usage During Voice Call - 22 Watts
• Power Usage During Data - 31 Watts
Phone / Phone Lines
3 independent RJ11 phone jacks for simultaneous use
Includes 1 Captain's Desk Phone & 1 Crew Desk Phone
May use any analog (POTS) wired or wireless phone with RJ-11 jack
IP-based, up to 128 Kbps (configurable)
with per-MB pricing for airtime
The Iridium Pilot external antenna is designed for operating in the worst of maritime weather.
Under a plastic cover is the Iridium Pilot SIM card tray, as well as the on/off power switch. Click for larger photo
Each Pilot system ships with two phones, a "Captain's Phone" and a "Crew Phone". Do note that ANY standard phone may connect to the Iridium Pilot, such as cordless phones. Click for larger photo
Internet access can be via wireless if using a simple wireless router connected to the Iridium Pilot transceiver.
The transceiver of the Iridium Pilot has 1 port for an Ethernet, which can be connected to a wireless router, switch, or direct to a single computer. Also shown are three phone jacks that can be configured for the Captains phone or any standard corded or cordless phone.
Here the Captains Phone (aka "Standard Handset") is ideally located. The Captains phone can be configured to require a PIN code for operation.
Removing the plastic cover for where the antenna and power cables enter the transceiver. The RJ45 connector is for the Antenna Cable, and there is a power port for the AC or DC power input. Also note the grounding screw (painted with a line of blue), to ground the system for added safety. Click for larger photo
The systems ships with an AC power supply. The bracket on the left holds the AC power supply in a fixed location. On top is the grounding cable. Do note that the Iridium Pilot may run directly off of supplied DC power from 10 to 32 volts DC. Click for larger photo
The Iridium Pilot ships with a short mounting bracket (as shown) to connect the antenna to a mounting pole. Instructions for mounting can be found in the Iridium Pilot Installation Manual.
The underside of the Iridium Pilot antenna.
The mounting arm of the Iridium Pilot includes two rubber spacers and hardware. You may run the Iridium antenna cable either inside of the pipe, or through a small hole that allows the cable to exit. Click for larger photo
The Iridium Pilot ships with a 20 meter antenna cable, but an optional 50 meter antenna cable is available. Shown above is the 20 meter connectors.
Iridium service is 100% global, and service will work even on the north and south poles. An excellent advantage over other satellite service that have limited service regions.
The Iridium Pilot may be used on any vessel type, in any weather for excellent Internet and phone communication.