Smiths Interconnect launches K-band waveguide components
Smiths Interconnect’s K-band waveguide components are qualified for spacecraft use in the company’s test and qualification laboratory in Dundee, Scotland.
Qualification for spacecraft use is completed for each product and comprises sine and random vibration, mechanical shock and where appropriate RF power TVAC, average power and multipaction, and power testing. Summary and qualification data reports are available to prospective customers.
“Smiths Interconnect has produced space qualified waveguide components for over 30 years,” said Tullio Panarello, VP and general manager of the fibre optics and RF components business unit at Smiths Interconnect. “Building on this experience and flight heritage we are proud to announce the availability of a selected range of K-Band WR51 isolators, circulators, transitions and loads with cost-effective design and support capability that are specifically engineered to meet our customers’ space application needs.”
WR51 waveguide products are tuneless and optimised to operate over assigned bands. They are provided with a standard clear passivation coating but can be supplied with low emissivity black paint finish. Their design is optimised to maximise reliability, and to minimise cost and application risks.