SpaceX is expanding its presence in Redmond, where its engineers are developing the Starlink satellite constellation to supply broadband Internet.
A new Kidder Matthews commercial real estate report says SpaceX is renting two new buildings in Redmond Ridge Business Park, where the company already owns several buildings.
The two buildings together provide more than 124,900 square feet of industrial laboratory, production area, more than 300 parking spaces. GeekWire was the first to announce the expansion.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk created Operation Redmond to harness the talent of local software engineering.
During a recent visit to Seattle in 2015, he told potential tenants that his planned satellite venture would show his greater ambition to send more people into space; it could expand to “several hundred people, maybe a thousand” to work in the state.
Since then, SpaceX has successfully launched numerous satellite deployments on its Falcon 9 rockets. The company’s CEO, Gwyn Shotwell, told the Satellite 2021 industry conference on Tuesday that there are now about 1,320 Starlink satellites in orbit.
SpaceX launched արձ 60 satellites from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Wednesday. (The previous launch sent bright streams of rocket debris into the Pacific Northwest on the evening of March 25.
The Federal Communications Commission has authorized SpaceX to deploy 12,000 Starlink satellites.
When the Starlink constellation is over, it plans to provide a global broadband service to anyone with a small satellite dish. Currently, SpaceX offers only a limited beta version of the service, charging $ 499 for a meal and then $ 99 a month.
SpaceX has not revealed how many Redmond employees it currently has. His website lists 39 open engineering positions at Redmond.