Smiths Interconnect, a leading provider of technically differentiated electronic components, subsystems, microwave and radio frequency products, announces the release of the SpaceNXT Q series of flexible coaxial cable assemblies. The Q cable assemblies offer many enhancements over a QPL or commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) product: they are pre-tested and qualified for the space orbit environment, readily available as cut to length, dual-terminated assemblies, and offered at cost-effective prices. The Q series is part of an initiative to create an entire range of high performance, high reliability products for next generation space applications.
SpaceNXT Q cable assemblies are built using established manufacturing processes and combine stainless steel or beryllium copper connectors with silver plated copper cable conductors that are soldered directly for a robust cable-to-connector transition. They are assembled in a controlled environment, and each solder joint can be verified using a real-time radiographic (X-ray) inspection system. Q cables can be validated for a wide range of requirements regarding Engineering Models (EM) and Flight Models (FM),either at Smiths Interconnect’s in-house test laboratories or one of our qualified external facilities.
“The SpaceNXT Q cable assemblies benefit from Smiths Interconnect’s design expertise gained from over 30+ years of space heritage totaling over 150 satellite applications, and 40 miles of assemblies,” says Paul Harris, VP of sales & marketing. “They provide our customers with a combination of highly reliable technology and lower cost of ownership that enable operators to overcome potential market entry barriers while enjoying the benefits of an established technology partner.”