Smiths Interconnect Launches Space-Qualified KVPX Connectors for Defense & Aerospace

Smiths Interconnect Launches Space-Qualified KVPX Connectors for Defense & Aerospace

Smiths Interconnect has announced the release of its highly anticipated space-qualified version of the KVPX connector series. This significant advancement reinforces the company's commitment to meeting the rigorous demands of the defense & space and commercial aerospace industries.

The space-qualified KVPX connectors series builds upon Smiths Interconnect's existing portfolio of ruggedized standards-compliant connectors, offering an embedded system interconnect that seamlessly integrates into high-reliability backplane architectures. Designed to meet the stringent requirements of VITA 46 and VITA 48 standards, this new series not only delivers high-speed electrical performance but also provides enhanced mechanical reliability and physical ruggedness for unmated connectors and modules.

One of the key features of the space-qualified KVPX Connectors Series is its qualification and screening to EEE-INST-002, Level 1, ensuring optimal performance in the challenging environments of space. Level 1 parts are selected and processed to this level for missions requiring the highest reliability and lowest level of risk. The parts have been re-qualified to the higher environmental levels outlined by Table 3D of EEE-INST-002 and are delivered with a screening data-pack that conforms to Table 2D, Level 1, of EEE-INST-002. All of the materials used in the manufacturing of KVPX meet the low level outgassing requirements as defined by NASA. The connectors incorporate a front face plate that safeguards the male contacts when unmated and offers excellent electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection, making it an ideal choice for defense and aerospace systems that require two-level maintenance.

By leveraging the renowned Hypertac® Hyperboloid technology, the space qualified KVPX connectors can deliver exceptional performance across a wide range of extreme environmental conditions. Notably, they maintain low insertion and extraction forces, minimal contact resistance, industry-leading mating cycles, and demonstrate remarkable immunity to shock, vibration, and fretting. Importantly, the Space Qualified version of the KVPX connector series offers the same level of speed and performance as its non-Space counterpart.

"Our commitment to providing customers with comprehensive and reliable connectivity solutions has led to the development of the space qualified KVPX connector series," said Mark Kelleher, Vice President and General Manager of the Connector Business Unit at Smiths Interconnect. "This highly engineered solution is designed to deliver top performance in the demanding environments associated with defense, space, and commercial aviation applications."

With the introduction of the space-qualified KVPX connectors series, Smiths Interconnect solidifies its position as a leader in interconnect solutions, offering customers a competitive edge in industries where reliability and performance are critical.

Click here to learn more about the space qualified KVPX connector series.

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Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013