SPACE FORCE

Forbes - - TECHNOLOGY -

The com­mer­cial space rev­o­lu­tion is be­ing pow­ered in part by smaller satel­lites, which are cheaper to build and de­ploy than the tra­di­tional bulky fly­ing san­i­ta­tion bins. There’s just one hitch: They can’t move around much, lack­ing am­ple room for propul­sion. en­ter ac­cion Sys­tems. founded in 2014 by two miT-af­fil­i­ated en­gi­neers, Ac­cion, head­quar­tered in bos­ton, man­u­fac­tures ion thrusters (above) that pack se­ri­ous oomph even though they’re the size and shape of microchips. The first satel­lite equipped with the com­pany’s thrusters was sched­uled to take flight shortly af­ter press time. “This launch is a big mile­stone for Ac­cion,” says co­founder and ceo Natalya bai­ley, a forbes 30 Un­der 30 alumna. “our goal has al­ways been to make mis­sions more af­ford­able and help close the gap be­tween the cost of get­ting into space and the peo­ple who want to go there.”

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