On-orbit propulsion systems are essential to the continuous operation of many smallsats. An overview of key design drivers, operational considerations and performance characteristics is important. Despite their differences in design, functionality, and purpose, most smallsats adhere to a common set of interface requirements along with key operational requirements. There are a wide variety of methods for satisfying these requirements as well as the seamless integration necessary.
Natalya Bailey is the CTO and co-founder of Accion Systems, a company providing in-space propulsion for spacecraft. An Oregon native, Natalya moved to Cambridge to complete her doctorate in space propulsion at MIT with a focus on a novel ion engine technology. Prior to MIT, she researched a new chemical rocket technology during her MS at Duke University. She is a partner at XFactor Ventures, investing in female-founded companies, and is on the board of Youth CITIES, a non-profit that teaches entrepreneurship and STEM skills to diverse youth cohorts. In her free time she enjoys traveling to Maine with her husband and three children and completing Python katas on Codewars.