BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Accion Systems announced that CEO and Co-founder Natalya Bailey, Ph.D. has been named to MIT Technology Review’s prestigious annual list of Innovators Under 35 as an Innovator. For over a decade, the global media company has recognized a list of exceptionally talented technologists whose work has great potential to transform the world.
Bailey earned her doctorate in space propulsion at MIT in 2014 where she helped invent the first working prototype of an engine for small satellites that made use of liquid ion propulsion technology. This research became the foundation for Accion Systems, the space propulsion company she co-founded with fellow MIT graduate Louis Perna. The core technology enables small satellites to stay on orbit longer, avoid collisions with debris, and reach new orbits or even other planets and asteroids. Accion's thrusters also have significant safety, manufacturing, cost and size advantages over traditional systems.
“It’s an honor to be included in the Innovators Under 35 list,” said Bailey. “It’s an exciting time for the new space industry, and I’m extremely proud of Accion's role in rewriting the rules for in-space propulsion.”
Gideon Lichfield, editor-in-chief of MIT Technology Review, said: “MIT Technology Review inherently focuses on technology first – the breakthroughs and their potential to disrupt our lives. Our annual Innovators Under 35 list is a chance for us to honor the outstanding people behind those technologies. We hope these profiles offer a glimpse into what the face of technology looks like today as well as in the future.”
Learn more about this year’s honorees on the MIT Technology Review website here and in the July/August print magazine, which will hit newsstands worldwide on July 3. The honorees are also invited to appear in person at the upcoming EmTech MIT conference, MIT Technology Review’s flagship event exploring future trends and technologies that will impact the global economy, happening September 11-14, 2018 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
About Accion Systems
Accion Systems develops advanced satellite propulsion systems for the space industry. Accion’s in-space propulsion technologies optimize scalability, performance and efficiency. Accion’s flagship product, TILE, uses proprietary ion electrospray thrusters, bringing electric propulsion to satellites of all sizes and redefining in-space capabilities. Accion Systems was founded in 2014 by Natalya Bailey and Louis Perna and is based in Boston, MA. For more information, please visit www.accion-systems.com or follow the company @AccionSystems.
About MIT Technology Review
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