Global Satellite Launches Second Generation Iridium Pilot

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Friday, February 17, 2012
Iridium Pilot Broadband Platform.

Powered by the Iridium OpenPort Service, Iridium Pilot Broadband Platform Offers Reliable, High-Quality Communications Via the World's Furthest-Reaching Network.


Global Satellite USA, a satellite solutions provider, has announced the launch of the Iridium Pilot, Iridium’s second-generation maritime broadband platform. Iridium Pilot will utilize the Iridium OpenPort service – the world's first when it comes to fully global maritime broadband. Martin Fierstone, President of Global Satellite USA, commented, “Iridium is improving the customer experience on a global basis.  The Iridium Pilot™ has enhanced many of the original features of the OpenPort and we look forward to supporting our customers who rely on broadband connectivity at sea”.


Iridium Pilot is engineered for enhanced durability to withstand the harshest maritime conditions, all the while packaged in a small, lightweight antenna. It has a fixed, electronically-steerable, phased-array antenna, designed to maintain connectivity in rough seas. Iridium Pilot offers broadband connectivity in addition to three independent phone lines, all of which work simultaneously, with data speeds up to 134 kbps.  This is ideal for crew calling, eliminating the need to line up to call.  Iridium has also set up flexible and affordable prepaid options for calling at peak times.

The platform offers a suite of new capabilities for vessel telecommunications optimization. These capabilities include a built-in firewall for traffic management and a bulk configuration capability, to assist in efficiently managing large volumes of units. Its small form factor, enhanced capabilities and flexible service packages make Iridium Pilot an optimal solution for vessels large and small. In addition, Iridium Pilot maintains the best service program in the industry, the Iridium Global Service Program, and the industry's only standard five-year limited warranty.


Iridium Pilot is the latest example of Iridium's long-term commitment to investment and innovation focused on satisfying communications needs around the globe. The company's goal is to continually improve the customer experience in new and existing markets in the farthest reaches of the world now and into the future. Greg Ewert, Executive Vice President, Global Channel Distribution and Business Development, Iridium said "Iridium NEXT, scheduled for deployment starting in 2015, is the largest commercial space program underway today. Ship operators installing Iridium Pilot can have the confidence that their equipment will be supported well beyond 2020."

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