Hard metric backplane connectors suit next-gen satellites applications

Smiths Interconnect has released the SpaceNXT Aurora series, describing it as the first COTS Plus 2mm hard metric backplane connector, tested and qualified to ESA ESCC 3401 specifications.

The Aurora family of hard metric backplane connectors is part of Smiths Interconnect’s SpaceNXT initiative, a range of high-reliability connectivity solutions that are readily available to the market, pre-tested and qualified for next-generation space applications.

The SpaceNXT Aurora series is specifically designed for LEO satellites and is available in three sizes of 55, 110 and 125 contacts in an industry standard gender configuration, in straight and right-angle terminations. SpaceNXT Aurora is offered with 1.27 micron gold plating on the contact mating surfaces for improved durability and resistance to fretting corrosion when compared to standard COTS hard metric connectors, says Smiths.

The connectors have undergone extensive qualification testing to ESA ESCC 3401 specifications. Paul Harris, VP of sales and marketing, Smiths Interconnect, comments: “Constellation programs demand technically superior connectivity solutions. Products currently on the market require expensive qualification testing and this cost is absorbed by the customer. . . Aurora . .  helps customers reduce their lead times, lower their cost of ownership, and increase their confidence that products will meet their specifications and needs.”

Smiths Interconnect provides technically differentiated electronic components, subsystems, microwave and radio frequency products that connect, protect and control critical applications in the commercial aviation, defence, space, medical, rail, semiconductor test, and industrial markets.

Smiths Interconnect is part of Smiths Group, which specialises in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs approximately 22,000 people in more than 50 countries.


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