Accion’s Natalya Bailey will join us at TC Sessions: Space 2021

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With more satellites in orbit than ever before, the question of controlling them efficiently and accurately is of greater concern than ever. Accion Systems is well-positioned to provide a solution to this growing challenge, and co-founder and CTO Natalya Bailey will join us at TC Session: In December to talk about the evolving market of space propulsion in space.

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We’ve followed Axion’s development for years, and back in 2016 it seemed like an idea ahead of its time: developing a super-efficient, super-compact ion thruster that improves the maneuverability and effective lifetime of small satellites. can do. Now, of course, that seems like an extremely valuable position: on the back of five years of development in the middle of a small satellite boom.

Investors seem to have taken note, and Accion raised a $42 million Series C earlier in the year, intended to fund the next generation of tiled ionic liquid electrospray (TILE) propulsion systems. It is a less complex and more compact version of the ion engines used for decades by the space industry, allowing this efficient method of propulsion to be used on small craft.

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With the latest iteration of the Tile system, the company hopes to set the stage for using it on larger spacecraft. The smallsat/cubesat category is growing, sure, but the big ones are also going up which will happily swap out propulsion systems if it gets them a few extra kilograms of payload space.

But how will mega-constellations play into this? How long is TILE ready for planets? How is the competition shaping up? Bailey will talk about these and other topics on a panel on December 14. Get your ticket to be part of this conversation the Friday before to save $100. register now.

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