Harwin Highlights its Space-Grade Connector Solutions at Space-Comm Expo

01 June 2023

Harwin will be exhibiting at Space-Comm Expo (in Farnborough, 7-8 June) - with key components from its HRi high-reliability product range on display.

As well as being operationally robust and exhibiting elevated performance levels, HRi connectors are optimised for applications where size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) are important. 

Included in the range are the company's Gecko-MT offering, which are the smallest and lightest power/data combination connectors in their class. The number of variants available has just been increased, with units that have a non-symmetrical structure featuring 2 to 6 power contacts (10A) at one end and 4 to 24 signal contacts (up to 2.8A) at the other. Just like the symmetrical 2-power/8-signal and 4-power/8-signal variants, the new additions have high resilience to shock and vibration. They support an extended -65°C to +150°C operating temperature range, as well as having very low outgassing properties.

Alongside this series, the Datamate and Datamate Mix-Tek connectors have longstanding space credentials. Standard Datamate contacts have a 3A current rating, while Datamate Mik-Tek contacts can deliver up to 40A. With small footprints, these components take up only minimal board real estate. They also have strong shock and vibration resilience, can withstand temperatures up to +125°C and exhibit the outgassing properties that are needed for space deployment.

“Engineers are constantly looking to save weight and space in their new space design, which translates into satellites carrying larger payloads, for example,” states Ryan Smart, Vice President of Product, Harwin. “Carrying power and data in one connection system requires far fewer connectors, optimizing SWaP-C credentials further – this is where Harwin’s Gecko-MT and Datamate Mix-Tek interconnect systems stand out.”

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