Mar 16 2015

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Update on the Accion Systems’ SmallSat thruster

Back in January, Accion Systems got capital for their SmallSat ion thruster. Now, they’re beginning production.

With that novel propellant, and a simple design, Accion can batch-manufacture modules — much like computer chips — in quantities of around 200 at once. According to Brikner, this costs about one-tenth as much as other electric-propulsion systems.

But perhaps the biggest difference is in our manufacturing process. They use low-cost, hands-off batch manufacturing processes. If space is truly going to be accessible to everyone, they can’t keep manufacturing propulsion systems like jewelry.

Hear hear!!

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