Brightline announced it is the first rail service to provide SpaceX Starlink internet to its passengers. Brightline operates an inter-city rail route in Florida. It is currently the only provider of a modernized eco-friendly inter-city rail in the United States. “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 Brightline Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer Kevin T. McAuliffe. “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,” they stated in a press release on May 8.
Starlink is already available on Brightline’s train routes in South Florida that transport passengers 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,” the company said. This month, Brightline plans to open its new Orlando Station which will reach top speeds of 125 mph (miles per hour) to connect major cities, including: Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Aventura.
“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,” he stated.
SpaceX operates the world’s largest broadband satellite constellation in Low Earth Orbit with approximately 4,023 satellites beaming data to over 1.5 million subscribers globally. The company’s constellation grows every month with every new Starlink fleet deployed. It plans to launch 7,500 next-generation satellites in the years to come. The company has approval to operate up to 12,000 Starlink satellites in orbit that will enable a highly robust network.
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