Dr. Natalya Bailey is the CEO and co-founder at Accion Systems, which provides in-space propulsion engines for satellites and spacecraft. She is also an Investment Partner at XFactor Ventures.
An Oregon native, Dr. Bailey completed her doctorate in space propulsion at the Space Propulsion Laboratory 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.
Prior to MIT, she invented a new chemical rocket technology that she turned into a space startup. Dr. Bailey also has an M.S. from Duke University and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from San Diego State University. She sits on the Board of Youth CITIES, when she mentors middle and high school students on entrepreneurship and community building.
For her contributions to entrepreneurship and the space industry, Dr. Bailey has been awarded Forbes “30 Under 30”, MIT Tech Review’s “Innovator Under 35” and Women in Aerospace's Initiative, Inspiration and Impact Award.