Space-grade D-subs target aerospace applications including communication and network ports for satellites, spacecraft, and launchers

By Heather Hamilton, contributing writer

C&K has released a family of space-grade D-subminiature
surface-mount termination (SMT) connectors
under the CS-FR053 specification. These
connectors target aerospace applications including communication and network
ports for satellites, spacecraft, and launchers.

Designed to save board space and weight, two
critical features in military avionics applications, the connectors do not require
plated holes to be drilled into the printed circuit board (PCB) — thanks to the
SMT terminations — and they allow one side of the PCB to be used by other
components, which reduces the overall footprint and weight.

In addition, with a machined aluminum shell
constructed from a single part, these connectors deliver a smaller form factor
than a traditional six-part copper-alloy stamped shell. As a result, the
connectors can weigh as much as 50% less than standard through-hole technology
connectors while also delivering better dimensional capability, said C&K.

The product line complies with European Space
Agency (ESA) standards and is qualified to the ESA/European Space Components
Coordination code 3401. The line is offered in a number of layouts, which will
serve the majority of mounting configurations.