Backplane connector targets space applications

4th January 2019
Mick Elliott

Said to be the first COTS Plus 2mm Hard Metric backplane connector, tested and qualified to ESA ESCC 3401 specifications, the SpaceNXT Aurora Series has been released by Smiths Interconnect. The Aurora family consists of 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 an industry standard gender configuration, in straight and right-angle terminations.

The connector is offered with 1.27 micron gold plating on the contact mating surfaces for improved durability and resistance to fretting corrosion compared to standard COTS Hard Metric connectors.

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