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Satellite Voice, Data, and GPS

Aurora is the world’s first satellite phone terminal to provide satellite voice, data, and GPS tracking via WiFi to smartphones, tablets, PCs and other devices.

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With Aurora your smartphone is your satellite phone. The Aurora gives you the power of the Iridium satellite network with the devices you already use – your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Make a satellite call from your iPhone or Android device. Check email and download weather files over WiFi. Share your location with others. With Aurora it’s done. Aurora is VoIP voice calls, data, and tracking all in one. Anywhere in the world.

Aurora is a fully contained terminal with no below-decks equipment needed. There is no need for a docking station, coax cable, or any other accessories. Aurora is powered by a single Ethernet cable for easy, fast, and efficient installtion. Aurora is built to be the most convenient communications solution for the most extreme places on Earth.

Satellite Calls Via Smartphone

The Aurora comes preconfigured for satellite VoIP voice calls over the Iridium network. Just download the free XGate Phone app to your iOS or Android mobile device and talk on your smartphone using your Iridium satellite airtime.

Your phone will connect via WiFi VoIP to the Aurora and Aurora translates the calls into standard satellite voice calls over Iridium so you can use standard Iridium prepaid or postpaid airtime.

The Aurora has clear voice quality and minimizes dropped calls because of its strong external antenna.

Aurora is the world’s first satellite phone terminal to provide satellite voice, data, and GPS tracking via WiFi to smartphones and tablets

Onboard Network with Multiple Phone Lines

Up to 4 phone lines can speak to one-another over the local network created by Aurora, giving you a complete local phone system with extension, voicemail, and ringing options. All free, included with Aurora.

Because Aurora uses VoIP over local WiFi, none of the calls made over the local network consume airtime. This means that a captain can call the kitchen, one room can call another, and you can check in with your guests – all at the same time. All free.

Aurora is compatible not only with XGate Phone for phone calls over WiFi using the smartphone in your pocket, but you can also use Ethernet phones and SIP WiFi phones to make satellite phone calls over Aurora.

Satellite VoIP and LAN Calling Over Iridium Network

The Iridium satellite network is the only truly global satellite network offering pole-to-pole coverage for unmatched global communications, performance, and reliability advantages. RedPort Aurora uses an Iridium 9523 module for reliable satellite voice service and 2.4kbps data services.

GPS Tracking for Vessel and Asset Tracking

With Aurora you can track your ship (or other asset, like a vehicle) at pre-determined intervals. That information can be loaded onto an individualized webpage with real-time tracking information so family and friends can see where you are.

Aurora special compression technology and advanced GPS engineering allow for the quick transmission of small bits of data (like GPS pings) at a fraction of the airtime cost of most satellite phones and terminals.

Satellite GPS Repeater for Onboard NMEA Repeating

Aurora is a NMEA 2000 compliant GPS WiFi repeater – so you can share Aurora’s GPS data with virtually any of the marine electronics on your vessel – in real time. Want to steer your boat with an iPad? With Aurora you can. The GPS capabilities of this technology are so advanced that many Aurora users simply pilot their boats with the detailed information on their iPad app rather than use traditional GPS.

Satellite Communications at Sea

On the water, Aurora represents a huge improvement over other satellite phone options. Most boaters install a handheld satellite phone, a docking station, an external antenna, an external antenna cable, and a WiFi router…and they still can’t use their smartphone to make voice calls over satellite.

With Aurora, you get all that capability in one single unit, for less money than you would spend on a comparable full handheld satellite phone setup.

Satellite Communications on Land

On land, Aurora’s self-contained weatherproof dome and single Ethernet cable for power make installation easier and less expensive than fixed phones that require long runs of antenna cable and complicated networking setup.

Aurora is perfect for land-based military base-camps or communication centers requiring satellite communications. Aurora can handle up to 4 concurrent phone calls over its local network, so leaders can speak with their teams right over the Aurora – without using any satellite airtime.

Satellite Communications for Vehicles

Utility crews needing land-based remote satellite communication for emergency backup can install Aurora directly on utility trucks and have satellite voice, email, and tracking capability right on the truck.

RV owners find that Aurora offers an easy, hassle-free backup communication device for rural areas without cellular coverage. Because Aurora consumes so little power, running Aurora full-time.

MCG-101/Aurora vs Beam

Capability MCG101/Aurora Beam RST-100 Beam Oceana Sailor SC4000 Sky Connect MARINE
IP Voice/SIP
SMS Limited to Iridium DPL Handset Limited to connected handset Via PC connection and software Limited to connected handset
Simple cabling/power installation
Voice , including mobile phones Only handset or analog Only handset or analog Only handset or analog Only handset or analog
Tracking Additional kit to purchase Additional kit to purchase
Mobile Apps
Email Additional setup required Additional setup required Additional setup required Additional setup required
Crew Email
Data , Ethernet or WiFi (easy, no drivers) USB or RS232 (complex drivers, only windows support) USB or RS232 (complex drivers, only windows support) Only RS232 Only RS232
NMEA Repeater
Crew Calling
Built in antennas for Aurora
Local calling of extensions
Call Forwarding
Call Waiting
Call Detail Records
Dial By Name

Aurora Satellite Voice, Data, and GPS
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  • Simple access to voice, data and tracking services utilizing the latest Iridium 9523
  • WiFi connectivity to computers and mobile devices
  • Built in firewall which blocks all traffic except compressed web and email
  • Supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android and iOS
  • Allows up to 4 devices to be connected at one time to the internal digital PBX
  • The unit interfaces to GSatTrack to track vessels without the need for any additional external interface.
  • The GPS feed is broadcast via WiFi onboard
  • Dome is a small, all in one marinized dome enclosure 7" in diameter 4.5" tall
  • Powered by a single wire
  • No other external hardware is required

Size & Weight

External Dimensions: 7.28 in Diameter (185mm), 7.09 in high (180mm)
Weight: 4 lbs (1.81437 kg)


Temperature: -22° F to 158° F (-30° C to +70° C)
Certifications: FCC, CE, and RoHS
WiFi: 802.11 b/g
Power: Power over Ethernet


Have any questions?

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