BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Brightline Becomes First Passenger Rail Service with SpaceX Starlink
By Space Coast Daily // May 24, 2023
Brightline expects to make the trip from Miami to Orlando in about three hours
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Brightline, the only provider of modern, eco-friendly intercity rail in America, announced it is the first passenger rail service in the world to offer Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency broadband service.
The implementation of Starlink on board its trains is part of Brightline’s digital transformation which focuses on a guest-first experience to elevate each traveler’s unique journey.
Brightline was selected to partner with Starlink, which is engineered and operated by SpaceX, to demonstrate its commitment to innovation and sustainability paired with cutting-edge technology that will set the stage for a better-connected passenger rail service around the world.
Starlink’s internet connectivity is available on Brightline’s fleet of trains servicing South Florida between Miami and West Palm Beach. The service will soon include the new five-train fleet to service Orlando this summer – for a total of 10 trains between South and Central Florida. Starlink Internet is complimentary for all Brightline guests.
“Brightline will be the first train sets in the world to use the Starlink system. This really speaks to what we represent – an innovative passenger rail provider paving the way for high-speed rail in the US,” said Kevin T. McAuliffe, chief technology & digital innovation officer at Brightline.
“Brightline is working with some of the best tech teams around the globe and our partnership with Starlink will elevate our brand to the stars.”
Starlink delivers high-speed, low-latency internet to users all over the world and is made possible via the world’s largest constellation of highly advanced satellites operating in a low orbit around the Earth.
Its constellation of satellites orbit the planet at about 550km and covers the entire globe with significantly lower latency — around 25 ms vs. 600+ ms. Traditional satellite internet services come from single geostationary satellites that orbit the planet at 35,786 km with only one roundtrip signal to Earth per every 70 round trip signals by Starlink.
As a result, Starlink has the capability to provide a seamless connection, making it possible to support everyday uses of WiFi, including streaming, online gaming, video calls, or other high data rate activities through even the most rural areas.
Starlink has already provided internet services to residences, businesses, and transportation providers in the aviation and marine industries, with Hawaiian Airlines, Royal Caribbean Group, and Carnival Corporation among its customers. Brightline will be its first venture into the railroad and passenger rail industry.
“As the first rail service in the world to adopt Starlink, Brightline continues to lead the way in the industry,” said SpaceX Vice President of Starlink Commercial Sales Jonathan Hofeller.
“We’re excited to work with Brightline and provide Starlink to their entire fleet, which will enable all of Brightline’s passengers to access high-speed, low-latency internet that is critical in our modern age – whether you’re finishing up work during your commute, staying connected with friends and family, or simply streaming a movie.”
Will Reach Top Speeds of 125 mph
Brightline recently announced the unveiling of its Orlando Station, with ticket sales launching in May. Reaching top speeds of 125 mph, Brightline will open its Orlando Station this summer, connecting major city pairs, including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Aventura and Miami.
Brightline is the only provider of modern, eco-friendly intercity rail in America. The company currently serves Miami, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, with its Orlando station beginning service summer 2023.
Brightline was recognized by Fast Company as one of the Most Innovative Companies in travel, offering a guest-first experience designed to reinvent train travel and take cars off the road.
Brightline plans to bring its award-winning service to additional city pairs and congested corridors across the country that are too close to fly and too long to drive, with immediate plans to connect Las Vegas to Southern California.
Starlink delivers high-speed, low-latency internet to users all over the world. As the world’s first and largest satellite constellation using a low Earth orbit, Starlink delivers broadband internet capable of supporting streaming, online gaming, video calls, and more.
Starlink is engineered and operated by SpaceX. As the world’s leading provider of launch services, SpaceX is leveraging its deep experience with both spacecraft and on-orbit operations to deploy the world’s most advanced broadband internet system.
For more information on Brightline Orlando, visit Gobrightline.com/Orlando.