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Miniature Accelerometer to Measure Microgravity on In-Orbit Satellite

Space Forges’ ForgeStar-1 will use the CAS291 miniature accelerometer from Silicon Sensing to measure the level of microgravity inside the satellite, which is set for launch By William Mackenzie / 10 May 2024
Miniature Accelerometer to Measure Microgravity on In-Orbit Satellite
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The high performance CAS291 accelerometer from Silicon Sensing is set to be installed into Space Forge’s ForgeStar-1, an in-orbit manufacturing demonstration satellite. 

CAS291 is a miniature accelerometer capable of operating from -40°C to +125°C, with an acceleration range of up to ±0.85g. Its small size and weight, with its exterior – measuring 10.4 x 6 x 2.7mm and weighing only 0.6g – are critical in applications such as this where available space and weight are at a premium. 

CAS290 Family Accelerometer

Silicon Sensing’s CAS291 high-performance accelerometer will be installed in the electrical subsystem of the avionics bay on ForgeStar-1. It will measure the level of microgravity inside the satellite, to link to the quality of space-produced materials.

The first satellites designed and built in Wales, United Kingdom, ForgeStarTM satellites will be used to produce advanced materials such as alloys, proteins and semiconductors in the ultra-vacuum and microgravity conditions of space. 

The ForgeStar-1 is set to launch after a program of testing and development within satellite vehicles. 

“We are delighted Space Forge has chosen our CAS accelerometers for their manufacturing satellites,” said David Somerville, General Manager at Silicon Sensing. 

“Space Forge’s achievements in this area clearly indicate the high level of innovation that the United Kingdom has to offer – and their ForgeStar satellites will represent a new era for commercial nanosatellites.”

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