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In-Orbit Satellite Outfitted with Powerful Miniature Accelerometer

The CAS291 accelerometer from Silicon Sensing will measure the level of microgravity inside Space Forges’ ForgeStar-1 satellite, in order to link to the quality of space-produced materials By William Mackenzie / 09 May 2024
Space Forge Satellite Outfitted with High-Performance Miniature Accelerometer
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Silicon Sensing’s CAS291 accelerometer will be integrated into Space Forge’s ForgeStar-1, an in-orbit manufacturing demonstration satellite, set to launch after a program of testing and development within satellite vehicles. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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

“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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