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SpaceNXT™ Aurora Hard Metric Backplane connectors

PCBSatellites LEOHyperboloid Dec 10 2018

Smiths Interconnect announces today the release of its SpaceNXT™ Aurora Series, the first COTS Plus 2mm Hard Metric backplane connector, tested and qualified to ESA ESCC 3401 specifications.

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

The SpaceNXT™ Aurora Series is specifically designed for LEO satellites and currently available in three sizes of 55, 110 and 125 contacts in industry standard gender configuration, in straight and right-angle configurations. SpaceNXT™ Aurora is offered with 1.27 micron gold plating on the contact mating surfaces for improved durability and resistance to fretting corrosion versus standard COTS Hard Metric connectors.

The new connectors have gone through extensive qualification testing to ESA ESCC 3401 specifications in order to validate today’s rigorous application requirements per customer and industry.

Paul Harris, VP of Sales & Marketing says, “Constellation programs demand technically superior connectivity solutions. Products currently on the market require expensive qualification testing and this cost is absorbed by the customer. By offering Aurora, Smiths Interconnect 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 is well equipped with the design experience, analysis tools and test equipment to qualify and produce flight-tested products that demonstrate compliance with customer requirements and national space agency standards.