2018 Innovator Under 35: Natalya Bailey

Natalya Bailey, Accion Systems

Building a system to propel tiny satellites using electrical energy

Natalya Bailey, CEO, Accion Systems

Natalya Bailey is the CEO and a cofounder of Accion Systems, a company providing in-space propulsion for satellites and spacecraft. An Oregon native, Natalya moved to Cambridge to complete her doctorate in space propulsion at MIT, where she helped invent the first working prototype of an ion engine technology for small satellites, which would become the first product at Accion. Before coming to MIT, she invented a new chemical rocket technology that she turned into a space startup. Natalya was a New England Entrepreneur of the Year finalist in 2017 and a Boston Business Journal Woman to Watch in 2017, and she was named to Inc. magazine’s 30 Under 30 list in 2017 and Forbes’s 30 Under 30 list in 2016. During graduate school, she was a National Science Foundation Fellow and a NASA Ambassador to the US at the International Aeronautical Congress. In her free time, she works with kids through the group YouthCITIES. She is also learning to program in Python with her husband.


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.