Empowering LEO innovation: Silicon Sensing’s role in in-space manufacturing advancements

We are thrilled to announce that following testing and development within satellite vehicles, Space Forge plans to launch their in-orbit manufacturing demonstration satellite, ForgeStar-1, with our CAS291 sensor onboard. The ForgeStarsTM are the first satellites designed and built in Wales, United Kingdom, and aim to produce advanced materials such as alloys, proteins and semiconductors using the ultra-vacuum and microgravity conditions of Space.

Our CAS291 high-performance accelerometer will be used within the electrical subsystem of Space Forge’s ForgeStar-1 avionics bay. Its role will be to measure the level of microgravity inside the satellite to link to the quality of space-produced materials . The CAS291 is a miniature accelerometer capable of operating from -40°C to +125°C with an acceleration range of up to ±0.85g. One of the benefits of using the CAS in space applications is its small size and low weight, with its exterior measuring 10.4 x 6 x 2.7mm and weighing only 0.6g.

Our General Manager, David Somerville, comments “We are delighted that Space Forge has decided to choose our CAS range as part of their manufacturing satellites. Space Forge represents the high level of innovation that the United Kingdom has to offer and a new era for commercial nanosatellites.”