US Domestic Price List

May 2015

This product is still available for sale, but is considered a “legacy product.” This product will be replaced by the SouthStar system.

PILOT systems come in a variety of configurations. Listed below are the most popular configurations and components. Other versions, such as low or medium frequency hardware or deep ocean units, are available. If you have a specific job and require certain features, whether that is hardware or software, please call or email us. We are happy to outfit your system according to your needs.

Below are the components that are required to operate the system. Each system must include a surface station, a transponder, and software. Please skip to the bottom to customize an order to your needs.

All professional equipment includes a one year manufacturer’s warranty; additional warranty can be purchased. Any tampering (such as self repairs) with the components will cancel any previous or future warranty repairs. The prices below are for Domestic orders, within the USA; all orders shipped outside of the USA please add 10% (training prices are for domestic orders only, additional charges will apply for international training). Manufacturers wanting to integrate systems into their vehicles, please contact Josh Reed-Doyle or Suzi Nichols at:

Email: sales@desertstar.com

Phone: 831-384-8000 x118

Surface Station

The STM-3 is a splash-proof surface station with built-in rechargeable batteries. It has a built-in RS-232 adapter, and GPS connection. Output is a standard USB connector.


This version of the STM-3 includes the image annotation function as well as high power. The image annotation functions draws video in from the ROV’s video output and displays the feed in DiveBase Seafloor. When making annotations on the ROV’s track, the software captures the latest image through the video feed and overlays it on the annotation.


Converts a standard STM into a high powered STM. The main benefits included potential range improvements and higher power for noisy environments.

Note: The surface stations each include three 50ft cables with sonar transducers.


The TLT-3 is ideal for small targets (ROV/AUV/UUV) and divers. It is powered by a 9v battery, average duration is six hours. It is smaller and has less transmit power. The battery life is also much less then the VLT-1 series transponders


The VLT-1 is ideal for medium to large targets (ROV/AUV/UUV) and divers. It has rechargeable batteries, average duration is up to twenty-four hours. The VLT-1 is larger than the TLT- 3, but has more transmit power and a longer battery life.


This version has more transmit power then the standard VLT-1.

Note: The TLT-3 includes a case; the VLT-1 comes with all necessary cables for charging and configuring the station. Please consult the manual for use with multiple targets (up to six is currently supported).


DiveBase PILOT is our entry level tracking software. It allows the user to utilize and easy to use system without needing all the “bells and whistles”

The software is for basic tracking relative to the sonar transducer locations.


DiveBase Seafloor offers a unique package of capabilities: image annotation, chart overlay, multiple targets, gps/compass operation from a boat, etc. This software includes the GPS/Compass.

*Consult the PILOT Operations Manual for more information*

In comparison, this software offers the user a wider variety of features with the same precision accuracy.

Note: When operating from a boat or tracking multiple targets, you must choose DB-Seafl.


Extension cable that plugs into a standard CBL-S50 adding 50ft of cable (total: 100ft)


Standard 50ft cable provided with all STM orders (spare cable pricing)


Caged sonar transducer (no cables)


On-site support and training (costs depend on location of the support and number of necessary days)


Rugged Panasonic Toughbook


SeaLevel RS-232 Adapter (spare)

Notice to U.S. Government Buyers

The equipment listed in this price schedule has been developed under phases 1 and 2 the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program. Under DoD rules, the dual competition of the SBIR program satisfies the requirements of the Competition in Contracting Act (CICA). Thus, contracts for product delivery or follow-on research may be awarded on a sole-source basis, without the need for further competition. The contracting officer should establish, through consultation with the prospective COTR for the proposed contract as well as the COTR on the SBIR project whether the proposed follow-on R&D or production work meets the statutory criteria for ‘SBIR Phase III’.

Warranty Statement

Desert Star Systems (“Seller”) warrants hardware products of its manufacture to be free from defects in design, workmanship and material under normal and proper use and service for a period of one year following delivery to Buyer. Seller agrees to repair or replace at the place of manufacture, without charge except shipping charges, all parts of said products which are returned, for Seller’s inspection, to its factory within the warranty period, provided such inspection discloses that the defects are as above described and provided also that the equipment has not been altered or repaired other than with Seller’s authorization and by its approved procedures, subjected to misuse, improper maintenance, negligence, or accident, damaged or had its serial number or any other part thereof altered, defaced or removed. Software is warranted to conform to Seller’s Software Product Description applicable at the time of shipment to the Buyer. Seller’s sole responsibility hereunder shall be to remedy any non-conformance of software to the Software Product Description during the two-year period following delivery. THIS WARRANTY IS IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THOSE OF MERCHANTABILITY, PERFORMANCE OR FITNESS FOR PURPOSE.

Liability Disclaimer 

By purchasing or using any Desert Star Systems product, it is agreed and understood that in no event will Desert Star Systems or any of its representatives be held liable for any personal injuries or death or damages to property resulting from its operation, or for any other damages whether direct, indirect, or consequential even if Desert Star Systems has been advised of such actual or potential damages. Desert Star Systems dive products are authorized for use only by properly trained divers. The user must understand that the products are liable to sudden failure and that any employed decompression algorithms will not eliminate the possibility of decompression sickness. Diving and other marine activities are inherently dangerous. Proper safety procedures demand that the diver or equipment user never rely solely on any single instrument, method or mechanism for his/her safety or the safety of property.

Note: These terms along with any technical specifications, warranty implications, or pricing may change without notice at any time.  

Terms of Sale

  1.  Desert Star System's general terms of sale are specified by the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), supplemented by the following conditions and the warranty statements. Where Desert Star Systems terms of sale are in conflict with UCC, Desert Star Systems terms apply.

  2. At times an advance payment either partially or in full is required for large orders. In these circumstances, no portion of this payment is refundable.

  3. On orders with Net 30 terms, a return is acceptable for 30-days following delivery only if a shipped product is non-conforming within Desert Star Systems’ specification. In addition a return must first be arranged with Desert Star Systems. Payment constitutes acceptance of product and no return is available thereafter.

  4. Desert Star Systems warranty applies (see below). A warranty claim requires that the product is returned to Desert Star Systems. Therefore, warranty is not available for devices deployed or lost at sea unless the device is recovered and returned to Desert Star Systems.

  5. In order to support best success with our products, Desert Star Systems provides a number of resources, support and recommended techniques. We emphasize your use of these resources to optimize results with our products:

    1. Desert Star Systems guarantees only minimal specifications, and instead relies on the publication of measured performance data in the KnowledgeBaseApplication Notes and other documents. Please evaluate this data to estimate suitability for your application. Please contact Desert Star Systems for any additional performance data.

    2. Desert Star Systems provides on-site training and support. This is highly recommended to optimize the system performance and shorten the learning curve.

    3. Please evaluate our products through a small initial purchase before following up with a large scale purchase. Please be aware that large scale orders in general require an advance payment in consideration of the discount, and that this advance payment is non-refundable. In addition, be aware of any lead time expectancies when placing a larger quantity order.

    4. Operations should follow a ramp-up schedule of lab/pool testing, followed by testing in a controlled ocean environment (harbor testing), and then followed by the full deployment. The goal is to identify any problems or technology limitations at the earliest possible stage, when there is a maximum level of control and an ability to correct such problems.

  6. Desert Star Systems return policy and warranty specifically excludes return or warranty claim on account of suitability for purpose. Suitability for purpose is out of Desert Star Systems’ control. Please use a product evaluation based on the above recommended resources and techniques to establish suitability for purpose prior to any purchase.

  7. We reserve the right to charge 50% payment due upon confirmation of contract for high-volume orders.

  8. We reserve the right to charge an extra 10% of total amount due for all international sales.

  9. We reserve the right to grant Net30 terms only after the first contract has been completed.