Reaching for the Stars
Gravitics’ vision for sustainable space living from Snohomish County
By Wendy Poischbeg for Economic Alliance Snohomish County
Look up at the night sky from Snohomish County, and you’ll see more than just stars. You’ll see the future. Right from our backyard, Gravitics is sculpting the blueprint for how we might sustainably inhabit space.
Headquartered in Marysville, Gravitics is not just thinking about space; they’re redesigning it. The centerpiece of their ambitious venture? The StarMax module. Picture the expansive interiors of a high school gymnasium; that’s the roomy haven they’re crafting for many space applications. Be it microgravity research, celestial manufacturing, or even an otherworldly hotel, StarMax is paving the way for an expansive space-age renaissance.
Having deep ties to Snohomish County, I’m genuinely excited to see these innovations unfolding. Historically, space designs have followed familiar patterns. With StarMax, we’re seeing a fresh approach. As a module manufacturer rather than a space station operator, Gravitics is set to revolutionize space utilization. Think of StarMax as the foundational block for adaptable space living, like laying the first brick for modular space mansions.
From weightless greenhouses to extensive extraterrestrial event spaces, the possibilities are as vast as our imagination.
This forward-thinking philosophy speaks to the boundless imagination of Snohomish County innovators. We don’t accept the status quo – we redefine it. With technical know-how nurtured by Boeing and the UW, we possess the skills to defy gravity literally and figuratively.
Stan Shull, a seasoned space industry analyst, encapsulates the excitement, “It’s great to have Gravitics as part of our entrepreneurial space sector. Their StarMax module is huge, both in size and potential. Standing inside their spacious mockup gave me a glimpse into humanity’s exciting future in space.”
With Gravitics, we aren’t merely a dot on Earth’s map; we pinpoint our presence in space. Just as our home- grown aviation startups spearhead green flying on our planet, Gravitics is navigating a sustainable path skyward.
The ambitions are grand, no doubt. But ambition is etched into our county’s DNA. Every nook and corner, from the academic corridors of local STEM programs to the progressive spaces of Sno-Isle Libraries and the Snohomish County STEM Network, brims with it. Before we know it, the curriculum at the Sno-Isle Skill Center might proudly flaunt “Extraterrestrial Tech Repair” or “Zero-G Engineering”!
What gives me further optimism is the rippling workforce impact pioneers like Gravitics can have.
Already, they employ over 40 people directly — from engineers to designers and fabricators.
But each of those jobs then supports local suppliers, services, and contractors too. As Gravitics scales, demand for skilled technicians to support manufacturing and operations will only boom.
And it’s not just job numbers. Gravitics is cultivating priceless aerospace expertise right here focused on modular space systems — talent that can then spin off into new ventures. They’re proving our region already has the right stuff to become a nexus for the entire space ecosystem. Suppliers, ground systems developers, satellite operators – we’re poised to attract them all and become the go-to destination for space innovation. Having a rising star like Gravitics embedding their roots here is a boon for our workforce. Their ripples will help propel Snohomish County as a space tech and manufacturing center for decades to come.
So, when you’re in Snohomish County and find yourself looking to the heavens, recognize that the stars aren’t the only entities shimmering with potential. It’s the collective aspiration of a community, pushing towards a boundless future. And trust me, our most exciting tales are still unfolding.