SpaceX expanding operations in Redmond, Washington

SpaceX’s facility in Redmond, Washington is about to be expanded. The base is where the company’s engineers develop the satellites that deliver Starlink connection from orbit, according to Seattle Times.

The report is provided by commercial realty company Kidder Mathews. It reveals that SpaceX is leasing two buildings under construction at the Redmond Ridge Business Park. The company already uses two buildings in the park.

The two new buildings will add 124,900 square feet of space and more than 300 parking spots to SpaceX’s existing lease.

Company CEO Elon Musk set up the Redmond hub to tap into the pool of software engineering talent available locally.

During a 2015 visit to Seattle, Musk tried to win potential hires with the story of how he intended to use Starlink to bankroll his project of sending humans to occupy Mars permanently. He estimated SpaceX would employ up to 1,000 people in the state.

Between then and now, Starlink has grown in leaps and bounds. Its customer base now runs in the millions. Its satellite network continues to grow, allowing SpaceX to add more countries where the satellite service is available. It has also made a splash in the maritime industry.

SpaceX, however, has not publicly disclosed how many employees it has in Redmond. But its website lists 39 open engineering vacancies in the city.