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Liquid Flow Sensor Launches into Space

LS16 liquid flow sensor
Sensirion
Westlake Village, CA
805-409-4900
www.sensirion.com

A liquid flow sensor from Sensirion will measure the impact of microgravity on the effectiveness of liquid flow. Among other potential findings, the project aims to shed light on the effects of weightlessness on the circulatory system.

The LS16 liquid flow sensor onboard the International Space Station (ISS) will calculate the flow of demineralized water generated by a piezoelectric pump in zero gravity, and compare the results with those of a control experiment on Earth.

Numerous applications in fluid dynamics, physics, biology, and hemo-dynamics will benefit from the findings of the project, a research initiative begun by Minnehaha Academy in Minnesota.

To ensure that the sensor could withstand the enormous forces during lift-off, Sensirion’s development team also replaced the capillary glass tubes with robust capillary steel components.

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