Accion Systems

Printed ion beam satellite propulsion systems

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These guys/gals are printing next-generation, ion beam based satellite propulsion systems! Crazy awesome tech. More info from Accion: Accion Systems Inc. is printing propulsion systems for satellites based on a proprietary ion beam technology. Our revolutionary new approach to in-space electric propulsion uses simple, modular thruster chips that can go anywhere on a satellite, in any number. We got rid of bulky tanks and valves, explosive propellants, and expensive manufacturing techniques so that our customers can launch satellites that are not just affordable but also extremely capable. And we qualify for ride-share launches!
Looks fantastic.
Ion propulsion is fascinating. Here's a primer from JPL: http://youtu.be/pDO4uhqehK0