Seattle, Washington: "Satellite City"

Washington State, and the Puget Sound region in particular, is an emerging hotbed of space industry entrepreneurship and activity. With a rich tradition of aerospace excellence, a large base of hardware and software engineering talent, a robust community of entrepreneurs and investors, and visionary space leaders who call this area home, the Pacific Northwest is a center of excellence and an engine of innovation for the new, entrepreneurial space age.

In particular, the Seattle area is the global leader in small satellites and mega constellations, with several of the top satellite constellations based here. Also, as cloud computing and satellite networks converge, the top two global cloud service providers, Seattle's Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, have entered the space industry.

Below is a representative list of some of the companies, organizations, events and articles that speak to the rapidly growing space hub around Seattle and in Washington State.


Space Companies

Blue Origin – launch vehicles [Kent]

SpaceX – Starlink broadband satellite constellation [Redmond]

Amazon - Kuiper broadband satellite constellation [Redmond]

Spaceflight — launch broker and mission services [Seattle]

BlackSky – satellite-powered geospatial imagery, data and analytics [Seattle]

LeoStella - satellite manufacturing [Seattle]

Crane Aerospace & Electronics - electrical power solutions for spacecraft [Lynnwood]

Radian Aerospace - orbital space plane [Renton]

Stratolaunch – launch services [Seattle]

Orbite - commercial astronaut training [Seattle]

Aerojet Rocketdyne – rocket engines [Redmond]

Kymeta – flat-panel antennas and connectivity services for satellites & communication networks [Redmond]

RBC Signals – ground station as a service [Redmond]

AWS Ground Station - ground station as a service [Seattle]

Microsoft Azure Orbital - ground station as a service [Redmond]

US Electrodynamics - satellite teleport [Brewster]

Systima – complex engineered space and defense systems and components [Kirkland]

Tethers Unlimited – satellite systems and components [Bothell]

Olis Robotics - robotic control software [Seattle]

USNC-Tech – space nuclear power [Seattle]

Janicki Industries – composite and exotic materials for space and other applications [Sedro-Woolley]

Xplore - building a new architecture for space exploration [Mercer Island]

Earth and Space Exploration - spaceflight training [Seattle]

First Mode - engineering design services [Seattle]

Avaliant – engineering services focused on space and aviation [Bellevue]

Space Exploration Engineering - mission planning, satellite analysis, technical consulting [Friday Harbor]

Boeing – defense, space & security [Seattle, Tukwila & Kent]

Stoke Space Technologies - launch vehicles [Seattle]

Off Planet Research - simulates extra-terrestrial environments [Everett]

Rocket Propulsion Systems - rocket engines [Renton]

Starfish Space - space debris recycling [Kent]

SPACEAIMS - space-focused analytic reports, seminars and courses [Seattle]

Wave Motion Launch - launch services [Seattle]

Sienna Technologies - space materials [Woodinville]

LiftPort - space elevator [Tacoma]

Planet Enterprises - space mission design & robotics [Gig Harbor]

Reach Space Technologies - rocket engines [Seattle]

Wibotic - wireless charging for lunar robots [Seattle]


Upcoming Events

PNDC - Space Supply Chain Opportunities - December 9, 2021 [Kent]

PNAA - Advance 2022 - February 7-10, 2022 [Lynnwood]


Past Events

UW SPARC - Space Symposium: Powering Space - November 5, 2021 [Seattle]

PNAA - The Evergreen State's Growing Space Industry - October 20, 2021 [Online]

AFA Aerospace Summit - October 26, 2021 [Seattle]

International Space University Executive Space Course - October 11-15, 2021 [Seattle]

Space Entrepreneurs - An Evening with Rob Meyerson - August 31, 2021 [Kirkland]

Aerospace Futures Alliance - Supplying to Space: Opportunities for Aerospace Suppliers - July 21, 2021 [Online]

PNDC NW Aerospace Defense Conference, Featuring NASA - June 10, 2021 [Online]

TECH Talks: Advances in Space Technology and Our Future in Space - June 5, 2021 [Online]

I-90 Aerospace Corridor Conference - June 1-2, 2021 [Online]

UW SPARC Space Dialogues - monthly December 2020 - May 2021 [Online]

Space Entrepreneurs - Space is Open for Business Seattle Edition - May 6, 2021 [Online]

SmallSat Symposium 2021 - February 8-11, 2021 [Online] - participating: AWS Ground Station, Microsoft, RBC Signals, Alliance Velocity.

The Overview Effect for Space Entrepreneurs - December 3, 2020 [Online]

UW Space Policy & Research Center Symposium - November 6, 2020 [Online]

Space Entrepreneurs - The New Normal for NewSpace - April 30, 2020 [Online]

Space Entrepreneurs - Federal Space Budgets with Casey Dreier - March 3, 2020 [Seattle]

MIT Enterprise Forum NW: Mission to Mars - February 26, 2020 [Seattle]

Space Policy & Research Center Symposium - December 6, 2019 [Seattle]


Space Organizations

Dept of Aeronautics & Astronautics - University of Washington [Seattle]

Space Policy & Research Center - University of Washington [Seattle]

Institute for Space Law, Data & Policy - UW Global Business Law Institute [Seattle]

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium - expanding STEM with NASA programs [Seattle]

Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation [Seattle]

Space Entrepreneurs950+ person space networking and affinity group [Puget Sound region]

Washington State Space Coalition (WSSC) - association of Washington State space companies [Olympia]

Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) - defense & security trade group [Tigard, OR]

Space Apps Seattle - space apps hackathon in the city that unites tech and space [Seattle]

Museum of Flight [Seattle & Everett, WA]

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - fundamental research and policy analysis [Richland, WA]

HuskySat - UW students building a CubeSat [Seattle]

Society for Advanced Rocket Propulsion - UW student-run rocket club [Seattle]

AstroPlane - astronavigation system to supplement GPS [Seattle]


Articles & Information: Growing Space Hub in Washington State

Articles by Alan Boyle - Geekwire Aerospace & Science Editor [Seattle]

Puget Sound Region Emerging as a Satellite Capital - Puget Sound Business Journal, Sept 4, 2021

Spaceflight Inc. in Kent Valley to Launch Satellites on SpaceX Mission - King 5, May 27, 2021

Seattle Is Emerging as a Global Hub for the Dawning Satellite Age - Seattle Business, August 2019

Has the Pacific Northwest Become the 'Silicon Valley of Space'? - Seattle Magazine, July 2019

50 years after moon landing, "explosive growth" in space industry - Kiro 7, July 16, 2019

Puget Sound Regional Council' s Washington State Space Economy Study - Fall 2018

Keeping Washington's Expanding Space Business Growing - King5 News, October 19, 2018.

Seattle's space business continues to grow – King5 News, September 26, 2017

The Silicon Valley of Space Start-Ups? It Could be Seattle – New York Times, July 29, 2016

In the Global Space Race, Seattle Is the New Hub – Forbes, January 29, 2016

Seattle's outer space companies are getting down to business – Puget Sound Business Journal, June 22, 2016

NewSpace 2016 makes Seattle the space industry’s center of the universe this week – GeekWire, June 20, 2016

The Next Generation: How Seattle innovators are leading the new space race - Seattle Business, January 2016

Local space entrepreneurs take on the new frontier – Seattle Times, May 30, 2015

A bold vision for space exploration – Washington State Department of Commerce

Space Fact

NASA contract awards to space companies and organizations in Washington State totaled more than $500 million from 2017-2020.


Washington State Space Coalition Strategy Session 2019


Q&A with Washington Space CEOs at Aerospace Futures Alliance 2019 Annual Summit (Photo: We Shoot)


University of Washington Space Policy & Research Center Symposium 2019


Mission to Mars Panel Discussion
MIT Enterprise Forum - Feb 2020 (Photo: Paul Meehan)


Space Entrepreneurs Webinar: The New Normal for Newspace
April 2020


University of Washington Space Policy & Research Center Symposium 2020


Space Entrepreneurs: Space is Open for Business Seattle Edition
May 2021


WA Space Supply Chain Panel: I-90 Aerospace Corridor Conference
June 2021


Presentation of WA State Space Supply Opportunity Study - July 2021


PNAA - The Evergreen State's Growing Space Industry - October 2021