Accion Systems today announced that Mr. Chris Norman has joined the company as Vice President of Engineering. Accion develops technologies for the new space industry including advanced satellite propulsion systems.  Mr. Norman will lead engineering, manufacturing and mission assurance at Accion.

Prior to joining Accion, Mr. Norman served as Vice President of Operations at CyPhy Works Inc., a leader in developing innovative unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for government and commercial customers.  In his role at CyPhy Works, Mr. Norman directed engineering, manufacturing and program management. His team developed unique tethered drone technology used on CyPhy Works’ products. The Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communication (PARC) system passed Army testing and is deployed in operations. Other products include a unique tethered drone for indoor environments, the Pocket Flyer.  

As iRobot Corporation’s Director of Engineering for Defense and Security Systems, Mr. Norman managed an engineering team that designed and produced more than two thousand explosive-handling robots that were used in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Operations Enduring Freedom. Previously, Mr. Norman developed and led iRobot’s business on the Army’s Future Combat Systems program that ultimately produced several hundred robots used by soldiers in combat operations. Mr. Norman served as the Chief Technology Officer at Emerging Science & Technologies and Mechatron, companies that provided robotics technologies and services.

“Chris has worked on many cutting-edge engineering initiatives, and also managed development teams bringing innovative products to market,” said Natalya Bailey, CEO of Accion Systems.  “We are thrilled to have Chris on board as we execute on our aerospace ambitions.”

Accion develops in-space propulsion technologies that optimize scalability, performance and efficiency, making it easier and more affordable for companies and people to explore space.

“Accion Systems is a trailblazer in the smallsat industry, and its ion propulsion system is groundbreaking,” said Chris Norman.  “Accion combines the energy of the new aerospace industry with innovative technology in a way that was too great an opportunity to be missed.”

Mr. Norman began his career developing explosives detection and handling robots with Orbiting Astronomical Observatories (OAO) Corporation where he performed software and mechanical engineering. Mr. Norman earned a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. 

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 two MIT engineers, Natalya Bailey and Louis Perna, and is based in Boston, MA.  For more information, please visit or follow the company @AccionSystems