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.
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.
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.