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SpaceX leases new 125,000-square-foot complex in Seattle area as Starlink satellite operation grows

SpaceX is leasing a 124,907-square-foot building complex that’s under construction in Redmond Ridge Business Park, east of Seattle, according to the latest industrial real estate market report from .

Kidder Mathews, which listed the property for lease, says construction is slated for completion this fall.

The construction site, which takes in the business park’s Buildings 4 and 5 and offers up to 300 extra parking places nearby, is just a block away from SpaceX’s existing facilities at Redmond Ridge. Those facilities serve as the headquarters for SpaceX’s satellite development and manufacturing operation.

Eventually, SpaceX aims to provide global broadband internet access via a network of thousands of Starlink satellites in low Earth orbit. More than 1,400 satellites already have been launched — — and Starlink has been gradually expanding its .

During this week’s Satellite 2021 , SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said there’s and added that the company still has “a lot of work to do to make the network reliable.”

Deployment of 60 Starlink satellites confirmed, completing SpaceX’s 10th mission this year

— SpaceX (@SpaceX)

The new lease arrangement appears to signal a significant expansion of SpaceX’s Redmond footprint. We’ve reached out to SpaceX and will update this report with anything we hear back.

Kidder Mathews’, just off Northeast Novelty Hill Road, suggests that office and/or manufacturing facilities can be built to suit the tenant. Building 4 would take in 57,207 square feet, while Building 5 would add 67,700 square feet.

SpaceX has been occupying at least three other buildings at Redmond Ridge Business Park, and that’s not the only satellite development center in Redmond: The , which has its own plans for a broadband satellite constellation in low Earth orbit, is a 10-minute drive away at Redmond Commerce Center.

Redmond is best-known in the world of tech as the global headquarters for Microsoft, which happens to be .

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