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No pointing - just turn it on - The MCD-PILOT is a 100% Global WiFi Internet Access Point - Including the North and South Poles

The MCD-PILOT is an integrated satellite technology manufactured by Ground Control

 
MCD-Pilot Satellite Terminal
MCD-PILOT Satellite Terminal - Complete Package
MCD-PILOT Satellite Terminal
MPN: MCDPILOT

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A No-Pointing WiFi Global Satellite Internet Hotspot

The MCD-PILOT is an ideal solution for primary or backup Internet and phone communication when venturing outside of VSAT satellite coverage.

  • Satellite Internet - 100% global pole-to-pole coverage.
  • WiFi Hotspot for all in-range devices up to 30 meters.
  • Internet speeds of up to 128 Kbps.
  • May be operated by anyone. Online in about 1 minute.
  • Operates in extreme weather on land or sea.
  • Two-case solution for flexible installation requirements.
  • Full Internet with Ethernet and 2 phone lines.
  • A 100% global-ready.
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Remote Shipping Connectivity
No communication dead zones
100% Pole to pole service
 
Arctic Internet Solution
Polar Ready Communications
 
Rolling Case
 
Storage Compartment
Extra storage area in large
case to add event equipment.
 
Maritime Internet and Phone
 
Oil Rig Connect
 
Emergency Communications
Public safety emergency comms
 
Oil Rig Communication
 
Deep Sea Oil Rigs

Auto-Pointing Multi-Purpose Instant Anywhere Broadband Internet & Phone

The MCD-PILOT "Mobile Communications Device", operates where other satellite services drop off, including the north and south poles... making it ideal for primary or backup comms when other service are no longer available. The MCD-PILOT automatically connects with the Iridium network at the touch of a button and requires no user training to operate. Simply place the IP67 waterproof case on the ground, or on a boat deck, or on any surface with a clear view of any sky, rain or shine, anywhere in the world and turn it on - no pointing necessary. Within a minute the MCD-PILOT becomes a powerful WiFi hotspot accessible by any wireless device within a 30 meters for up to 6 hours on internal battery power. This auto-pointing solution uses the Iridium Pilot maritime satellite terminal integrated with our proprietary mobile electronics for a ruggedized self-contained, in-field, user-friendly 100% global communications link.

 

The MCD-PILOT Front Panel

MCD-PILOT Front Panel

While the MCD-PILOT is primarily used as a wireless hotspot, the front panel includes a weather sealed Ethernet port and two phone ports for connecting a standard phone. The charge port has a watertight seal for powering or recharging the system via the AC/DC power supply.

MCD-Pilot Large Case
The larger transport case above places the domed antenna and transceiver case inside for a one-case solution. Ethernet, Phone and Power ports are accessible externally.


Global Service for the MCD-PILOT

MCD-PILOT Coverage Map

The service area of the MCD-PILOT is global under the same service plan from Ground Control or other Iridium Openport service provider. Internet speeds are up to 128 Kbps and two phone ports are issued international phone numbers, although these numbers may be given a local numbers from most major countries with Ground Control.

Built For Extreme Environments

The MCD-PILOT is portable transceiver case is IP67 rated which mean it may be submerged in 1 meter for 30 minutes without any perceivable damage. For extreme weather, having the case enclosed inside of a larger case insulates it for cold weather operation. The large case lid does not need to be opened in order for it to fully function.

Maritime Use - Backup Comms
The MCD-PILOT is built upon the Iridium Pilot maritime satellite communications terminal, which means it's designed to work in a harsh maritime environment. While the MCD-PILOT may be used as a primary communication link, is can also be seen as an emergency or backup link for when a primary connection fails, or when venturing outside of a primary service range.
Maritime Comms

MCD-PILOT FEATURES

  • No pointing or aiming. Simply turn the unit on under an open sky (with case lid closed).
  • Connects automatically with the Iridium satellites for 100% pole-to-pole global service.
  • Internet speeds of 128 Kbps down by 128 Kbps up.
  • Does not require user interaction. No software to run. Establishes AP "Hotspot" automatically.
  • Two external phone lines, all that can be issued different phone numbers, even local numbers.
  • Internet service costs can be as low as $0.49 cents per Megabyte transferred - more
  • Calls prices range from $0.99 cents per minute to $0.39. Free incoming calls.
  • LED lighted power button located inside case.
  • Up to 6 hour battery life (rechargeable) for normal use.
  • Ruggedized. Operates in extreme conditions. Portable case is waterproof (IP 67).
  • Operates stationary, or in-motion such as on top of a vehicle or a vessel on the ocean.
  • The MCD-PILOT uses the Iridium Pilot maritime satellite terminal.
  • WiFi range up to 100 feet for laptops, smartphones...any wireless capable device.
  • Power button shows battery level (green is fully powered, yellow is 1/2 way, red is low).
  • External all weather Ethernet (RJ-45) and phone (RJ-11) connection ports.
  • Operates from -22° F to 131° F (-30˚ C to +55˚ C) temperatures (or colder).
  • No rain fade - Operates in heavy rain.
  • Watertight, crushproof, dust proof high-impact Pelican case.
  • Full IP compatibility - Internet, SMTP email, file transfer (FTP, and VPN).
  • Global public / static IP addresses are available.
  • Ample storage space in case supports adding specialized equipment.
  • 1 year standard warranty. 3 year and 5 year warranties available.
  • The MCD-PILOT is a Ground Control integrated manufactured solution, supported by us 24/7.

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MCD-Pilot Portable Configuration   MCD-Pilot Operation
The MCD-PILOT includes a portable watertight transceiver case that connects to the Iridium Pilot antenna with a 20 meter antenna cable. The onboard battery allows the MCD-Pilot to operate for up to 6 hours. An excellent solution for global maritime operation, oil rigs, mining, public safety, military, or any other communications that require an easy, instant, no-hassle global broadband hotspot.
 
No user training required to operate the MCD-Pilot. Just press the single button on the portable case and within 1 minute, the terminal becomes a WiFi Hotspot. The MCD-PILOT front panel has access to an Ethernet port, two phone ports, and a power supply port for powering or recharging the system
MCD-Pilot Case Inside of Case   MCD-Pilot External Ports
The portable transceiver case locks inside the larger travel case and may be turned on while inside this case for full operation. This one-case solution is ideal for portability and operation.
 
All communications ports of the transceiver case are accessible on the larger case through the water tight baffle. The large case lid may be closed for full operation.
WiFi SSID Connection
  Web Interface of MCD-PILOT
Connecting a wireless device such as laptops, smartphones or tables to the MCD-PILOT is as easy as selecting it from available access points. Wireless security is configurable from a web interface.
 
The MCD-PILOT main interface is accessed via any connected browser. Status screens show battery life, internal temperature, and links the Iridium Pilot web interface includes connectivity strength, and other configurable parameters.
MCD-Pilot Remove From Case   MCD-Pilot Antenna Cable
The handles on the antenna let one move the antenna to any location outside of the larger case.
 
There is 20 meters of antenna cable available. Place the antenna away from the location where the portable transceiver is used.
MCD-PILOT Rolling Case   MCD-PILOT Moving Case
The large transport Pelican case is easily moved with the retractable handle.
 
The 50 lbs case uses two sets of two wheels.
Iridium Pilot Communication   Global Maritime Internet and Phone
The MCD-PILOT uses the Iridium Pilot global satellite technology and places it inside of a hardened plastic case with 6 hour operation on the internal battery.
The Iridium Pilot was designed for maritime communication with costs below $0.50 cents per Megabyte transferred.
MCD-Pilot Storage Space   Polar Internet Communication
Under the antenna is storage space that may be used to transport computers or other equipment necessary for an expedition. The black support brackets hold the Iridium antenna in place.
For polar expeditions, the MCD-PILOT is designed to keep internal electronics operational for sub zero operation.
Iridium Coverage Map   MCD-Pilot On The Pier
The MCD-PILOT is able to work on 100% of the globe. No matter where you are, this solution will create a 128 Kbps Internet connection as well as voice phone communication.
The MCD-Pilot is a 100% global one-button, no training required, satellite Internet and phone mobile office.
     


MCD-PILOT Contents


MCD-Pilot Contents

MCD-PILOT Complete Package Contents

  • MCD-PILOT Portable Transceiver Case
  • Domed Antenna
  • 20 Meters Antenna Cable
  • Large Transport "Deck" Case
  • AC/DC Power Supply
  • A standard corded analog phone
  • Mini-inverter for powering off a vehicle power port
  • International plugs U.S., U.K., European, Australian, China, N. Europe - Info
  • USB flash drive with user manuals, mobile status gadget, software


MCD-PILOT Service
The MCD-PILOT uses the Iridium Openport service available from Ground Control. When selecting service, please choose one data plan and one phone plan. All service is month to month and there are no long term contracts.
Iridium Sim Card 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
$54/mo
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
$159/mo
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
$237/mo

100 MBs Each Month
Up to 128 Kbps Speeds
Cancel Anytime
100 MB = $4.99 per MB Over 175 MB billed at
$5.80 per MB
$499/mo
250 MBs Each Month
Up to 128 Kbps Speeds
Cancel Anytime
250 MB = $3.19 per MB Over 450 MB billed at
$4.00 per MB
$797/mo
 1500 MBs Each Month
Up to 128 Kbps Speeds
Cancel Anytime
1500 MB = $1 per MB Over 1500 MB billed at
$1 per MB
$1,500/mo
 2500 MBs Each Month
Up to 128 Kbps Speeds
Cancel Anytime
2500 MB = $0.86 per MB Over 2500 MB billed at
$1 per MB
$2,148/mo
 5000 MBs Each Month
Up to 128 Kbps Speeds
Cancel Anytime
Call Over 5000 MB billed at
$1 per MB
Call
 6000 MBs Each Month
Up to 128 Kbps Speeds
Cancel Anytime
6000 MB = $0.49 per MB Over 6000 MB billed at
$1 per MB
$2,976/mo
Static/Public IP
Optional Global IP Address
Often used with VPNs $41/mo
Shared Group Plans
12 month terms
For organizations that have 5 or more vessels, they may all use the same
Data Pool of Megabytes - Great Savings - More On Openport Shared Group
  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
$0/mo
150 Minutes Each Month
Cancel Anytime
$0.66/min to any landline or cellphone
$0.66/min to any Iridium Phone
$99/mo
250 Minutes Each Month
Cancel Anytime
$0.56/min to any landline or cellphone
$0.56/min to any Iridium Phone
$140/mo
500 Minutes Each Month
Cancel Anytime
$0.49/min to any landline or cellphone
$0.49/min to any Iridium Phone
$245/mo
750 Minutes Each Month
Cancel Anytime
$0.44/min to any landline or cellphone
$0.44/min to any Iridium Phone
$330/mo
1500 Minutes Each Month
Cancel Anytime
$0.39/min to any landline or cellphone
$0.39/min to any Iridium Phone
$585/mo
   Add A Local Number
        Give 1 or all of your Openport/Pilot phone lines local numbers to make calling your Pilot phones easy. more

  bullet Actual monthly costs = monthly Data Plan + monthly Phone Plan. Please choose both plans when ordering.
  bullet *Purchase the Special Limited Time Plan and lock in discounted rates for 18 months from activation!
  bullet Unused Megabytes or voice minutes do not rollover to the following month.
  bullet Month-to-Month terms (30 day minimum) for all accounts. First and last months payment required on startup.
  bullet Service is pro-rated for the first month. Billing begins on the 1st of each month.
  bullet Service plans changes (upgrades and downgrades) only take effect on the 1st day of any month.
  bullet Free Activation on all new SIM accounts.
  bullet Cancellation & reactivation on an existing SIM will trigger a $295 reaction fee, so we recommend purchasing 2nd SIM for $5
  bullet Phone rates posted are to ANY standard landline, cellphone or other Iridium phone worldwide. Free incoming calls.
  bullet Free incoming calls (however, costs are burdened on the calling party). - Assign a Local Number
  bullet Non-Standard Iridium Phone Rates to other phones, such as voice mail, and two stage dialing.
  bullet Phone numbers can be used in any way, such as one line is for the captain... two lines are for crew.
  bullet Plans list in MBs (Megabytes) and speed in Kbps (Kilobits per second).





MCD-PILOT Accessories
MCD-4800 Waterproof Ethernet Connector
Watertight RJ-45 Connectors
Make your own watertight cables with these connectors. While standard Ethernet cables may connect to the MCD-PILOT front panel, these RJ-45 Ethernet connectors will make your Cat5e ethernet cable have a watertight connection to the MCD-PILOT case. Requires standard RJ-45 crimper tool to make.
MPN: MCDRJ45CAP
Price $14 /each


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MCD-4800 Ethernet Connector - Sized
5-10-25 Meter Ethernet Cables with Watertight RJ-45 Connector
While standard Ethernet cables may connect to the MCD-PILOT front panel, these UV resistant heavy-duty black Cat5e Ethernet cables have one end with a quick connect adapter that makes a watertight seal to the MCD-PILOT front panel.
5 Meter MPN: MCDETHER5
10 Meter MPN: MCDEHTER10
25 Meter MPN: MCDETHER25
5 meter $75 /each

10 meter $85 /each

25 meter $105 /each
Gen 2 Battery Replacement
Extra or Replacement MCD-PILOT Internal Batteries
Each MCD-PILOT includes two high-capacity NiMh (Nickel-Metal Hydride) battery packs inside of the case. Kit includes instructions for replacing packs with existing batteries.

MPN: MCDPILOTBAT
Price $499 USD


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Gen 2 MCD-4800 Charger

MCD-PILOT Replacement AC/DC Charger
The charger for the MCD-PILOT works for both fast charging, and maintenance charging for long term storage. Charge time is just under 6 hours if the terminal is complete discharged. Keep it plugged in for long term storage to maintain battery at 100%.
MPN: MCDPILOTCHARGER

Price $169 USD


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MCD-4800 Warranty
MCD-PILOT 3 Year Extended Warranty
This is a 24 month extension on the standard 12 month warranty. Standard & extended warranties include replacement parts & labor.

SKW: MCDPILOT3YWAR
Price $1,495 USD


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MCD-4800 Warranty
MCD-PILOT 5 Year Extended Warranty
This is a 48 month extension on the standard 12 month warranty. Standard & Extended warranties include replacement parts & labor.

SKW: MCDPILOT5YWAR
Price $2,677 USD


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 The MCD-PILOT Terminal Specifications
MCD-PILOT Contents The MCD-PILOT integrates with a Iridium Pilot satellite terminal terminal enclosed in a hardened Pelican case (Flyaway Case) with our proprietary electronics and software. System components include an AC/DC power-supply / charger with international plug adapters (US, UK, AU, EU, China, N. Europe), 12V vehicle mini-inverter, cradled analog phone, users manuals, software on a USB flash drive, all contained within the storage compartment of the case.
Terminal Capability Internet (an open TCP-IP network to the Internet backbone) & phone service.
Data / Internet Speeds Rated up to 128 Kbps down x 128 Kbps up with a standard IP data connection.
Antenna Diameter 22.44" (570mm).
Ship Motion Provides useful link margin up to 20° roll
Global Service Iridium constellation of satellites. Pole to pole coverage.
Rx/Tx Frequencies L-band
Network DHCP, NAT, Public/Static IP's available
Wireless LAN 802.11g - Up to 100 foot WiFi range.
Wireless Security WPA, WPA2(AES,TKIP with IEEE 802.1x), WPS
External External Port - LAN RJ45 Ethernet with POE (Power Over Ethernet)
External Port - Voice Two RJ11 - Circuit switched (4kbps 3.1 Khz Audio), Issued international phone numbers
Internal Ports One extra RJ-11 phone port is available, which can be issued a phone number.
External Port - Power Charge port for AC/DC power supply or optional foldable solar panel
Case Specs Pelican - Ultra-high impact copolymer, double throw latches, 365 lbs buoyancy
Exterior Case Dimensions 27.2" x 27.5" x 16.30" (69.1 x 69.8 x 41.4cm) (LxWxD)
Weight MCD-PILOT Case 50 lbs (22.67kg)
Internal Battery Life Up to 6 hours normal use
Power Draw The MCD-PILOT draws 18 watts of power at idle, and 31 watts when transmitting.
Onboard Battery Type NiMH (Nickel-Metal Hydride) - Material Safety Data Sheet
Regional Power Plug Compatibility Includes international plug kit for U.S., U.K., European, Australian, China, N. Europe - Info
AC/DC Power Supply - Charger Input 110 to 240 Volts AC. Output 28 Volts DC @ 8 Amps
Power Usage 18 watts standby, 22 watts voice call, 31 watts data transmitting
Operating Temperatures -22° F to 131° F (-30˚ C to +55˚ C) operating. Case includes onboard heater for cold weather use.
Rain / Water / Dust: IP66 when closed (withstands powerful water jets from any direction)
Wind If case is secure, it is not affected by wind
Case Colors Available Desert tan (default color), black, OD green
Manufacturer Support The MCD-PILOT is integrated satellite technology manufactured by Ground Control and support by us 24 x 7
Warranty 1 year standard warranty. Extended 3 year and 5 year extended warranties available


MCD-PILOT Documentation

           
MCD-Pilot Brochure Iridium Pilot Brochure Iridium Pilot Users Manual Iridium Pilot Quickstart Guide Iridium Pilot Installation Manual Iridium Pilot Site Survey Tool
MCD-PILOT Brochure Iridium Pilot Brochure Iridium Pilot
Users Manual
Iridium Pilot
Quickstart Guide
Iridium Pilot
Installation Manual
Iridium Pilot
Site Survey Tool

 
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