Accelerating a Sustainable Future in Space
At Accion, we re-engineered propulsion for the needs of New Space. Like the bold missions we enable, we’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.
Chief Scientist and Co-founder
Bradley Kaanta, PhD
VP of Advanced Development & Chief Engineer
VP of Business Development
VP of Product
Director of Corporate Development
Director of People & Culture
Director of Manufacturing
VP of Finance at Accion Systems
Anthony Vinci, PhD
Former Associate Director & CTO of NGA
Senior Managing Director at Cerberus Capital Management
Managing Director at Cerberus Capital Management
Managing Director at Tracker Capital Management
Co-founder & Chief Scientist at Accion Systems
Former NASA Administrator
Managing Director & Co-Founder of Shasta Ventures
Michael D. Griffin, PhD
Former Under Secretary Department of Defense
Former Chairman and CEO of Raytheon
CEO of Epsilon3
Director at AE Industrial & AEI HorizonX
Jeanne C. Foster
Former executive at NGA, CIA & NRO
Paulo Lozano, PhD
Director of the Space Propulsion Lab at MIT
Lisa Porter, PhD
Former Department of Defense Deputy CTO
We are driven by innovation through collaboration. Whatever your vision for space is, we’re here to accelerate it.
“We want to make space more affordable and accessible by changing what spacecraft can do in and beyond Earth’s orbit.”
— Dr. Darren Garber, CEO and CTO of Accion Systems
Technology and Manufacturing Partners
Satellites can do extraordinary things. They can connect the world with global internet coverage. They can keep us safe by watching from above. They can support a sustainable future by helping us manage our resources.
But without propulsion, satellites are like ships at sea without a sail. Due to prohibitive costs and size, weight, and power (SWaP) constraints, satellites often launch without adequate propulsion. This limits mission lifetime, exposes spacecraft to collisions, and creates space debris.
To accelerate the potential of New Space, we created a high-performance propulsion solution that works for all spacecraft, from 1U cubesats on up. Ionic Liquid Electrospray is the most efficient known form of propulsion, fitting powerful thrust in a package small enough for small satellites, and scalable enough for the needs of constellations and larger spacecraft.
- Accion Systems founded to commercialize Tiled Ionic Liquid Electrospray (TILE) developed by Natalya Bailey and Louis Perna at the MIT Space Propulsion Lab
- Accion raises $5M, including $2M from seed funding and $3M from DoD Rapid Innovation Fund
- Accion establishes Boston headquarters, complete with manufacturing, assembly, and test equipment
- Thruster chip successfully tested in space
- Accion raises $7.5 million in Series A funding, led by Shasta Ventures
- IRVINE01 and IRVINE02, CubeSats developed by high school students in Irvine, CA, launch with TILE systems onboard.
- Boeing HorizonX Ventures invests in Accion Systems to propel satellite capabilities
- Fast Company names Accion Systems among top 10 most innovative companies in space.
- NASA selects Accion for a Tipping Point partnership to mature the TILE system to replicate the capabilities of the cold gas thrusters used on the MarCO CubeSats, but with a lower SWaP system.
- Accion raises $11M in Series B funding co-led by Boeing HorizonX Ventures and Shasta Ventures.
- TILE 2 thrusters delivered for flight with the IRVINE03 CubeSat and MIT’s BeaverCube spacecraft.
- Accion awarded multiple contracts with the Air Force Research Lab to advance Multi-mode compatibility for the TILE system.
- Accion expands its US government efforts by welcoming three new advisors with extensive experience in US defense and civilian space programs: Jeanne C. Foster, Dr. Michael D. Griffin, and Dr. Lisa Porter.
- Accion raises $42 Million in Series C funding led by Tracker Capital.
- Former NASA Administrator Dan Goldin Joins Accion’s Board of Directors.