HUBER+SUHNER Unveils Smallest Space-Qualified 40 GHz Self-Locking Push-On Connector

 At the Satellite 2019 event in Washington DC last week, HUBER+SUHNER introduced the SMP Self-Lock (SMP-SL) connector, a key solution for New Space market applications. Low-cost, robust and providing dependable connectivity for the OneWeb Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellite constellation, the connector has been developed specifically for the needs of the New Space market and is ideal for the harsh and mission-critical environment of space.

Weighing 66% less than other lockable connectors in the market, the simple push-on connector is designed to meet the challenges of space applications which require light-weight, small components to operate effectively. The connector is also MIL-SPEC qualified to meet industry standards and the stringent space flight requirements.

According to Roman Buff, Market Manager of Aerospace at HUBER+SUHNER, it is vital that connectivity is and remains dependable in space. There is no room for error or downtime. The SMP-SL connector ensures this, with a secure locking mechanism and robust connection of up to 40 GHz. Unlike any other push on connector, the SMP-SL can only be disconnected with a specific removal tool to ensure there is no interruption in connectivity. The mated connections are also securely monitored for any interferences. The red color band signals when the connector is locked during satellite deployment for simple and dependable connectivity.

As a recognized manufacturer of space connectivity solutions, HUBER+SUHNER, is the sole supplier of both customized coaxial connectors and cable assemblies to Airbus OneWeb Satellites, the manufacturer of the OneWeb Satellite constellation. The company has chosen low loss mini141 and Minibend L cable assemblies to provide a solderless, pre-assembled, space qualified and high-performance solution within a cost-effective package.

Alongside the key solutions developed for the LEO project, HUBER+SUHNER showcased its series of CT (Consistent over Temperature) cable assemblies developed for phase critical applications requiring precise electrical connectivity. The portfolio which includes flexible, semi-rigid, and hand formable variations provides a stable and reliable interconnect solution where phase vs. temperature performance is paramount. The company will also showcase the Power Sub Miniature (PSM) connector system, RF over Fiber (RFoF) and all optical switching technologies; providing customers with a holistic range of solutions to maximize overall system performance.

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Click here to view detailed specifications of the SMP-SL connector.

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