TILE PROPULSION

Propulsion, Reinvented
for New Space

We removed the heavy tanks, toxic propellants, external cathodes and ionization chambers found in conventional electric propulsion systems and created a new ion thruster for New Space: the Tiled Ionic Liquid Electrospray (TILE) Engine.

TILE Advantages

Unmatched Efficiency

The highest thrust to power ratio on the market, in less than 1U. Devote more space and power for your critical payloads.

Scalable Manufacturing

Using commercial MEMS manufacturing processes, TILE can be mass produced for constellations with short lead times and low costs.

Modular Flexibility

The modular design can be flexibly configured to meet your mission needs. Aggregate units to multiply thrust, or distribute components across the spacecraft.

Seamless Integration

Propulsion control integrates easily with your existing mission control software. Access health monitoring and diagnostics with a user-friendly interface.

Low Signature

Orbit in stealth. Unlike plasma-based solutions, TILE ionization doesn’t produce easily detectable emissions of high-power RF, UV, IR, or visible light.

Multi-Mode Compatibility

Increase resiliency by combining the high thrust of chemical propulsion with the high efficiency of TILE, all with the same ionic liquid propellant.

Extreme Resiliency

Thruster chip arrays are fault tolerant and eliminate common points of failure. No external cathodes, no plasma and no reactive emissions.

Safe Propellant

Ionic liquid is an inert, inexpensive, non-toxic and non-explosive source of propulsion. It’s stored in a low pressure container to further reduce risk.

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Tailored For Your Mission

TILE can be flexibly configured to meet your performance requirements. Aggregate TILE units together in powerful arrays, or distribute them across your satellite surfaces for extra agility. Use the calculators below to see TILE’s performance.

TILE 2

Powerful propulsion in a .5U form factor — perfect for cubesats and larger satellites with attitude control needs. TILE 2 is the lowest SWaP solution available to meet orbital debris regulations, and delivers more thrust for your power budget than any other thruster.

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Typical Total Impulse
21Ns
Max Axial Thrust
0.04mN
Specific Impulse
1650s
Volume
0.5U
Wet Mass
0.48kg
Max Power Draw
4W
Standby Power
1.5W
  • Radiation Tolerance: 20 krad
  • Operating Temperature Range:
    10 to 50 °C
  • Survivable Temperature Range:
    -20 to 60 °C

Calculate Your Delta V

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Typical Total Impulse
755Ns
Max Axial Thrust
0.45mN
Specific Impulse
1650s
Volume
1U
Wet Mass
2.5kg
Max Power Draw
20W
Standby Power
1.5W
  • Radiation Tolerance: 20 krad
  • Operating Temperature Range:
    -10 to 60 °C
  • Survivable Temperature Range:
    -20 to 70 °C

Calculate Your Delta V

TILE 3 Available to order in 2021

An exponential improvement on an already game-changing propulsion system. The thrust is 10X denser than on TILE 2, lasts over twice as long, and fits under 1U. And with microfabrication methods from the semiconductor industry, we can manufacture hundreds of units at a time. Where will TILE 3 take your mission?

Whatever your mission is,
TILE can expand what’s possible.