Flat flexible cables are space-qualified for micro-miniature connectivity 

At Space-Comm this week, Nicomatic is launching flat, flexible cables (FFCs) for space. According to the company, they enable lighter, more flexible interconnects and ensure robust, reliable signal and power connection in all types of space applications, including satellites, exploration rovers, solar arrays, research orbiters, HD cameras and controllers, radar and satcomm systems, communication units, optical sensors and simulators.  

Manufactured from NASA-grade materials, Nicomatic FFCs for Space create strong board-to-board connections on PCBs and display boards in electronic equipment, systems and sub-assemblies, linking data and power points in tight areas.   Dense and lightweight and designed to be folded or coiled, FFCs deliver “significant” weight and space savings, but also overcome space industry challenges by integrating cables into complete interconnect solutions. They can stack to reduce footprint, create low profile connections as well as reduce overall project costs by enabling faster electrical system assembly and disassembly. They also prevent mis-wiring.      

Flat Flexible Cables for Space achieve millions of cycles in high flexing environments. Other performance characteristics are that they can meet higher retention values and function through thermal cycling. They also provide EMI / RFI protection and meet NASA outgassing specifications for vacuum conditions.

The standard FFCs are mateable with ZIF / LIF connectors and range in pitch from 0.50mm to 2.54mm. Custom pitches are also available.   

Nicomatic can provide custom FFCs for Space and has highly experienced engineers available to discuss customer projects and customisation requirements.  

Space-Comm takes place at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre 07-08 September.


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