Women in Redmond play major roles in Outer Space Innovations

With March being Women’s History Month, reporter Ranji Sinha of Kiro Seattle featured a story highlighting a number of women leaders in Redmond making impacts at a local, national, international and intergalactic level.

At Aerojet Rocketdyne, Erica Raine is the program manager for the Orion Project, which involves coordinating work on the engines that will propel astronauts to the Moon in the Orion spacecraft.

In addition to Aerojet Rocketdyne, Redmond is home to a number of other outer-space focused companies including Amazon’s Project Kuiper, Kymeta, SpaceX, Honeywell, RBC Signals, Triumph, Spectralux and Xplore. As a result, Redmond has recently designated the Redmond Space District within the city to support the growth of the existing space cluster, attract new companies to the area, coordinate with regional partners, and strengthen the workforce pipeline and attainment of STEM degrees.

At Xplore, opened in Redmond in May 2021, Founder and Chief Operating Officer Lisa Rich has been a successful operator and entrepreneur with investments in over 30 space companies. Xplore offers data, compute, operations and satellite at as service, providing data collected via commercial satellites to a number of markets including Agriculture, Aviation, Defense and Intelligence and others.

As Redmond continues to be a leader in space technology innovation and manufacturing, with more satellites made in Redmond than anywhere else in the world, the city continues to expand quality of life opportunities with light rail, increased housing product and high quality education opportunities to offer workforce interested in located to the city.