Iridium Pilot®

*DISCONTINUED* The Iridium Pilot® is no longer manufactured. The Openport service is still available. Please talk to the Ground Control team for your best alternative.

Cost Effective Open Sea Communications

The Iridium Pilot® is easy to install and provides a workable Internet connection at sea or on land and provides standard phone service for three phone lines. These terminals are built to withstand any condition such as heavy rain, rolling seas, freezing, blazing, and even snow. Best of all, the Pilot® has 100% pole-to-pole coverage keeping any vessel or team connected anywhere on the globe at all times.

Iridium OpenPort Service Plans

Key Features

  • 100% global… Even at the North and South Poles
  • Internet speeds of 128 Kbps in both directions to all connected devices
  • Three separate phone lines that can be used simultaneously
  • Easy to install. Does not require a certified installer. No extra bracketing to buy
  • Built for extreme conditions – heavy rain, rolling seas, heat, cold, extreme weather
  • Internet usages plan range from $0.50 cents to $14 per Megabyte
  • Calling rates are between $0.99/min to as low as $0.39 per minute – Free incoming calls
  • Lightweight, low-profile maritime communications solution
  • 2 year factory warranty

Technical Specification

  • Antenna Dimensions: Height: 9.06 in (230mm) | Diameter: 22.44 in (570mm) | Weight: 24.25 lbs (11kg)
  • Ship’s Motion – provides useful link margin up to 20° roll
  • Antenna Operable Conditions: 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 Dimensions: 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)
  • Below Deck Unit Operable Conditions: 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
  • Below Deck Unit Power Usage: Standby – 18 Watts | During Voice Call – 22 Watts | During Data – 31 Watts
  • 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
  • Data: IP-based, up to 128 Kbps (configurable) with per-MB pricing for airtime
  • Frequency: L-Band, excellent for all-weather use and pole to pole coverage

Internet and Phone

The Pilot can support multiple computers on its Ethernet network with the simple addition of a standard hub or switch, or WiFi home 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 phones to make or receive calls from anyone in the world. These phone can even be assigned local numbers from many countries.

Iridium Pilot: Complete Kit


  • Iridium transceiver (1 Ethernet port and 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 and 1 crew phone with 2 meter cables
  • May use of any standard corded or cordless phones of your choice
  • 2 year warranty.

The Iridium Pilot Land Station is slightly less expensive, and does not include a Captain or crew phone.

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 in 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.. and incoming calls are free (although the calling party is charged for making the call).

Industry Leading 2 Year Warranty - FREE

The 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.

Standard Handset


The three handset interfaces are POTS interfaces, with RJ11 connectors. The Iridium Pilot unit’s audio has been optimized to work with the handsets provided by Iridium.

  • Has to be connected to a line that has been provisioned as a standard line
  • Normal dialling (no “+” or “00” required)
  • Message waiting light
  • The Captain’s handset can have a PIN enabled in provisioning if desired
  • Can receive MT calls.


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The Below Deck Unit

The Iridium Pilot "Below Deck Unit" or transceiver is mounted indoors.

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Operates in Extreme Weather

The Iridium Pilot external antenna is designed for operating in the worst of maritime weather.

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Phone Handsets Included

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.

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Where to Find the SIM Card Tray

Under a plastic cover is the Iridium Pilot SIM card tray, as well as the on/off power switch.

Iridium Pilot Land Station

Works on Land, Too

The Iridium Pilot Land Station is identical to the maritime version, but does not include a captains or crew phone. You may use any standard corded or cordless phone with these systems.

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Can be WiFi Enabled

Internet access can be via wireless if using a simple wireless router connected to the Iridium Pilot transceiver.

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Transceiver Ports and Phone Jacks

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.

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Internet Connectivity on Land

Here a Iridium Land Station is used to provide Internet connectivity for a base camp. The maritime Iridium Pilot terminal may also be used on land.

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The Captain's Phone

Here the Captain's Phone (aka "Standard Handset") is ideally located. The Captain's phone can be configured to require a PIN code for operation.

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Cable Entry into Transceiver

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.

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Power Supply Options

The system 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.

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The View from Underneath

The underside of the Iridium Pilot antenna.

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The Mounting Arm

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.

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Short Mounting Bracket

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.

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20 Meter Antenna Cable Included

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.

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Used on any Vessel Type

The Iridium Pilot may be used on any vessel type, in any weather for excellent Internet and phone communication.

Iridium Coverage

Pole to Pole, 100% Global Coverage

Iridium service is 100% global, and service will work even at the north and south poles. An excellent advantage over other satellite service that have limited service regions.

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