Space-Rated Connectors and Non-Pyrotechnic Release Mechanisms: Qualified Spacecraft and Satellite Technology with NASA, ESA, and JAXA Flight Heritage
Space-grade 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 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.
Meeting all space-grade connector requirements for electrical performance in space mission applications. Connector series include MIL-DTL-38999 which can be conditioned for space IAW the following specifications:
- Note on Connector Material and Finish Options
- IAW Class G (and NASA screening) guidelines for space-grade applications
Glenair has been providing space-grade 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. 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 blind-mate assisted release force connectors for vehicle docking.
Glenair excels in the manufacture of non-explosive light, medium, and heavy-duty HDRMs, pin pullers and pin pushers for spacecraft satellite hold down and release. Special-purpose ultra-lightweight small form-factor split-spool release mechanisms for satellite deployment as well as the deployment of antenna, solar array, reflector, boom, and masts.
Related Space Connector Catalogs and Technical Documentation
- Whitepaper: Designing Interconnects for Space
- High-Performance Micro-D Connectors and Cables
- Nanominiature Connectors / Series 89
- SuperNine® Advanced Performance MIL-DTL-38999 Series III Type Connectors
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