The RockSTAR Pro Two-Way Messenger Satellite Communication Device is a fully worldwide communication and tracking device. It enables you to send and receive brief messages from anywhere on the planet when there is a clear view of the sky. It operates in areas where WiFi and GSM networks aren't available. This item adds to an already large list of useful devices and equipment. You can also trust on it to perform as you expect it to because it is made by Rock Seven.
Short communications (such as SMS, social media updates, and short emails) can also be sent using a coupled Bluetooth device (such as a smartphone) and the Messenger app with the RockSTAR Satellite Communication Device. This enables for full two-way communication no matter where you are, even if you are out of range of a mobile network.
The tracker will wake up on a regular basis, collect a position using the GPS satellite network, and broadcast that position to Rock Seven HQ in seconds via the Iridium satellite network.
The message is then sent via Iridium, and the positions are visualized using a user-friendly web-based viewer. It's a useful product and service that can aid in the completion of your worldwide communications strategy.
Internal battery, rechargeable via USB
Up to 3 weeks transmitting every 15 mins Up to 3 months transmitting once per hour Up to 12 months transmitting once per day
Various tracking options from every 5 seconds to 12 hours
Red Button Alert Timer Alert Dead Man’s Switch Temperature (high/low) Alert External Power Loss
Integration into existing devices
IP-67 (submersion up to 1m for 30 mins)
FCC & CE MIL-810 F/G (Ruggedness)
Handheld use, personnel etc. Temporary vehicle/yacht mounting using Soft Pouch Permanent vehicle/yacht mounting using Quick Release Mount
What's in the box? With each RockSTAR unit you will receive
The RockSTAR unit
A multi-country USB charger
0.3m USB cable
Quick Start Card
How does it work? RockSTAR uses the Iridium Satellite network. Specifically, it uses an Iridium service called ‘Short Burst Data’ (SBD). There’s some official info here. At the heart of RockSTAR is an Iridium 9602 modem. Can the RockSTAR send email or SMS messages?
Yes, you can use the device to send/receive short messages - either using the device itself, with preset messages, or by linking with an iPhone/iPad/Android device to send custom messages
Messages sent from the device itself are always sent to the group of people you nominate in the management system - i.e. any message will be sent to all configured responders, you can't choose a specific person
Messages sent via the Bluetooth link (using the Messenger app) can be sent to any destination, either e-mail address or cell/mobile phone number
In all cases, people can reply to those messages, via e-mail or SMS, and the messages will come back to either the device or the Messenger app respectively
Does the unit work indoors?
As with all satellite-based devices, the better view of the sky the unit has, the better it will perform.
RockSTAR units use two sets of satellites - GPS satellites in order to get a position fix, and Iridium satellites to transmit that position back to base. The GPS signal is weaker than the Iridium signal
Typically, if the RockSTAR is near to a window inside then it may be able to obtain a GPS fix and transmit, although it will take longer than normal, and will therefore use more battery power.
If the unit is deep inside a building then it is unlikely to be able to get a fix or transmit very well, and will therefore use up a lot of battery quite quickly. However, we have had devices transmit successfully from inside caves, fridges, under the seats of cars etc... it is possible, just not guaranteed, and not as reliable as usual.
As a rule, the better view of the sky you can provide for the RockSTAR, the better it will perform, and the longer the battery will last.
What's the difference between a RockSTAR and a Yellowbrick/YB?
RockSTAR units and YB units are both manufactured by Rock Seven, and they are identical in terms of hardware.
The difference is in the management system access, 'The Core', which you get as part of the RockSTAR package.
RockSTAR, and the accompanying management system, are designed for corporate, government and fleet use - i.e. you have multiple units, and want to manage them all from the same screen, behind a secure login.
YBs come with a cut-down 'blog' which can display one tracker at a time and is ideal for individual adventurers or expeditions, but not for fleets of units.
In short, if you are looking for a fleet of devices then the RockSTAR is the correct choice. If you are looking for a single tracker for personal use, or you are looking to rent units for a short period of time, YB would be the correct choice.