Space-Rated Connectors, Cables, and Non-Pyrotechnic Release Mechanisms: Qualified Spacecraft and Satellite Technology with NASA, ESA, and JAXA Flight Heritage
Space connectors, cables and electro-mechanical devices are a unique class of highly-regulated interconnect technologies that utilize specialized materials, processing and testing to insure reliable performance during launch, satellite deployment and throughout operation. Space launch vehicles and payloads are subjected to shock, vibration, and acoustic stress factors which can damage interconnect systems — particularly if material strength, mating retention forces, contact retention technologies or other design elements of connector/cable components are inadequate for peak and/or sustained levels of mechanical stress.
Connector series include MIL-DTL-38999 which can be conditioned for space IAW the following specifications: Space-Grade Guidelines for SuperNine® Connectors
Space-Grade Connector and Interconnect Cable Solutions
Glenair Space-Grade Interconnect Capabilities and Reference Flight Heritage Space-Grade Design-Ins
Glenair Space Systems, Salem, Germany: Glenair has been providing space connectors, HDRM's and interconnect cable solutions meeting NASA, ESA, and JAXA outgassing requirements and MSFC-STD-3012 connector requirements since the earliest manned space flights. At our new space systems facility in Salem, Germany we understand the highly-specialized mechanical, electrical and optical performance requirements for data, video and communications in exo-atmospheric vehicles and apply the utmost care in the design and manufacture of all our space-rated technology — from ultra-lightweight hold down release mechanisms for satellite and satellite equipment deployment to exactingly engineered wire harness assemblies.
Product Videos: Glenair Space Systems Hold-Down and Release Mechanisms
- Space-Grade Interconnect Solutions / Glenair Signature Series
- Glenair Space Systems (GSS) – Salem, Germany
Related Space Connector Catalogs and Technical Documentation
- Datasheet: SGEMP-Resistant Wire
- High-Performance Micro-D Connectors and Cables
- Nano Miniature Circular and Rectangular Connectors / Series 89
- SuperNine® Advanced Performance MIL-DTL-38999 Series III Type Connectors
- Whitepaper: Designing Interconnects for Space
Interconnect Technology for Manned Space Flight
QwikConnect, The Glenair Technical Marketing Magazine
January 2021Volume 25Number 1
Space-Grade Backshells and Shielding Accessories for Micro-D 83513 and D-Subminiature M24308 (ESCC 3401/072) Series Connectors
Providing Space-Grade Interconnect Solutions Since the Earliest Manned Space Flights: from lightweight Micro-D and M24308 D-Sub Backshells (ESCC 3401/072) to high-performance braided shielding.
Hold Down Release Mechanisms and Other Space Mechanisms
Non-Pyrotechnic Release MechanismsBlind Mate (ASF) ConnectorsLanyard-Release Connectors
RF, Microwave, and mmWave Interconnects
Integrated RF Interconnect Assemblies built from Aerospace-Grade Connectors, Contacts, Adapters, and Coax Cable
- PDF (Single pages, print friendly)
- Landing page: RF, Microwave, and mmWave Interconnects
Complete Dimensional Details and How-To-Order Information for All Glenair Space-Grade Interconnect Technologies
Blind-Mate, Float Mount, and Assisted Release (ASF) Connectors
Space-grade circular blind-mate connectors IAW MIL-DTL-38999 for use in interconnection and separation of instrumentation panels, satellites, scientific research payloads, and other release applications.
Pyrotechnic-Free Hold-Down and Release and Pin Pusher / Puller Space Mechanisms
High-Reliability, Non-Explosive (Split-Spool) Separation Nuts and Electromechanical Release Mechanisms for Dependable Stowage and Release of Deployable Space Systems
SAE/AS81703 Series 3 Type Connectors
High Shock and Vibration Quick-Release Connectors
Series 806 Mil-Aero Micro Miniature Connectors and Cable Assemblies
Advanced Electrical, Mechanical and Environmental Performance plus Reduced Size and Weight Compared to D38999
Meets every MIL-DTL-38999 Performance Specification
Crimp-Contact Micro Rectangular Connectors / Micro-Crimp Series 79, 791, 792
Time and labor-saving crimp-contact micro rectangular connectors: Smallest form-factor Series 79, advanced-performance scoop-proof Series 791, and Series 792 for high-speed wire-to-board applications.
HiPer-D® Connectors and Accessories
High-Performance M24308 Intermateable D-Sub Connectors, Space-Grade
83513 Micro-D Connectors and Cables
Every element of the MIL-DTL-83513 Micro-D is exactly controlled — from terminal spacing to approved wire termination methods. Glenair is the world's largest manufacturer and supplier of these wire-to-wire, FPC-to-board, and wire-to-board interconnects. Flight-proven and ESA, NASA, and JAXA qualified.
Special GMR75 series high-density Micro-D's save board real-estate and weight in space applications.
Innovative Modular Micro-D Connectors and Cables for RF, Signal, and High-Speed Data Links
Series GMMD - Glenair Modular High-Speed Micro-D
The Series GMMD is an innovative modular Micro-D connector for RF coax and high-speed differential datalink applications. The unique micro miniature design of the GMMD also accommodates standard analog signal and power contacts, making it the most versatile Micro-D rectangular in the industry. GMMD leverages Glenair Signature Micro-D and Nano TwistPin contact inserts, as well as ultra small form-factor differential twinax modules delivering 18 Gb/second per pair and RF to 20 GHz. GMMD is supplied as factory-terminated pigtails, point-to-point jumpers, and SMT receptacles for easy PCB mounting.
El Ochito® High-Speed Octaxial Contacts, Pre-Wired Pigtails, and Jumper Assemblies
Ethernet, SuperSpeed USB, HDMI, DisplayPort, SATA Contacts, and Jumper Assemblies.
For Series 23 SuperNine®, Series 80 Mighty Mouse, Series 28 HiPer-D®, Series 79, ARINC 600, and EPXB Connectors.
Reduced Cost of Ownership, Easy Integration, and High-Performance for Flight and Lab Grade Cable Assemblies.
Nano Miniature Circular and Rectangular Connectors: MIL-DTL-32139 QPL and Glenair MCOTS Solutions
The smallest and lightest mil-qualified connector series. The 32139 Nano is ideally suited for rugged defense and aerospace wire-to-board applications.
Space-Grade Backshells and Shielding Accessories
For Micro-D 83513 and D-Subminiature M24308 (ESCC 3401/072) Series Connectors
Connectorized Flex Circuit Assemblies
Ultra-Lightweight Tubular Expandable Braided Shielding for Satellite Applications
Lightweight ArmorLite™ and AmberStrand® weight-reducing EMI/RFI shielding