Propulsion systems in space are the backbone of space exploration and are becoming even more important as companies and government agencies deploy more and more constellations of satellites in low earth orbit (LEO). Only SpaceX hopes to deploy 42,000 Starlink satellites for decades to come.
Improving the thruster power and maneuverability of a satellite can play a vital role in space sustainability. How? Developing and testing new technologies, such as electronic propulsion systems (EPS), can ultimately help better small satellites achieve their correct orbit, avoid collisions with space debris, and then safely deorbit when they stop working.
EPS and other new technologies can be used in smaller spacecraft without diminishing their ability to perform tasks such as camera image maintenance, communications, and other mission-critical projects.
What’s on the propellant horizon? You will have an ample opportunity to learn about the latest promising advancements in space propulsion technologies in the virtual edition of TC Sessions: Space from December 14-15. Case in point: Action Systems – developer of ion propulsion systems for satellites – will be in the virtual house.
The company aims to redefine the performance, efficiency and scalability of spacecraft propulsion systems to expand what is possible in space. Or, as Natalya Bailey, the company’s co-founder and chief technology officer, put it, “We want to make space more affordable and accessible by changing what spacecraft can do in and out of Earth’s orbit.”
Propulsion systems don’t just power space flight; they enhance possibility and opportunity. Take the opportunity to learn more about this topic along with lunar sampling, orbit maintenance, and commercialization of space from companies breaking barriers at TC Sessions: Space 2021.
TC Sessions: Space 2021 takes place from December 14 to 15. Turn on your personal powertrain and buy your pass today.