Xplore Inc., a commercial space company providing Space as a Service, is opening a satellite manufacturing facility in Redmond, Washington.
According to company officials, the new, state-of-the-art campus is a key step in the company’s mission to expand mass manufacturing of the XCraft the company’s highly-capable, ESPA-class satellite, and the LightCraft, Xplore’s highly-maneuverable spacecraft for deep space missions.
Lisa Rich, Xplore Founder and COO said, “Xplore’s 22,000 square foot facility is tailor-made for satellite manufacturing. It is large, expandable, and can currently accommodate the research, development, production and operation of 20 spacecraft per year. We plan to build multiple Xcraft and LightCraft simultaneously. Our clean rooms, electronic fabrication areas, meeting spaces, offices, mission operations center, and enormous high bay will be put to immediate use.”
Xplore is a one-stop shop that provides mission design, payload integration, testing, launch procurement, mission operations, ground communications and data product distribution, all under one roof, company officials noted. Their end-to-end solutions accelerate and streamline missions to space, achieving significant time and cost savings for customers that include commercial companies, NASA, NOAA, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Space Force.
Angela Birney, Mayor of the City of Redmond, added, “We are delighted that Xplore is establishing its headquarters in Redmond and employing Washington space professionals to grow the space economy.” She continued, “Redmond is a magnet for vision, technology, and talent. Xplore joins our community of thriving aerospace, high tech, and biotech companies, and thousands of small businesses where over 85,000 people are employed. Thank you for choosing Redmond.”