enables the exponential growth of satellite constellations by solving the satellite’s costliest problem: the propulsion system. Based in El Segundo, CA, the company designs and manufactures compact plasma propulsion systems for satellites. Traditionally, satellite operators must maintain a particular orbit for the duration of the mission, and subsequently dispose of the spacecraft after mission termination. Phase Four’s propulsion systems allow operators to do so at a fraction of the cost of traditional propulsion systems.
In 2020, Phase Four began ramping up deliveries of flight units to customers, which raised a new challenge: How can we continue to innovate, while simultaneously shipping quality satellite engines?
The team was spending countless hours across their PLM system, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Jira to collaborate on building assembly and test procedures, and they knew they had to make a change.
The Phase Four team turned to ion to
manage complex manufacturing workflows at the speed a fast-moving hardware company needs.