Micro-Coax Releases New Space Flight Cable Assembly

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MCJ185A optimally sized for best possible insertion loss to 32 GHz.

Micro-Coax today announced that it has released for sale its new MCJ185A Space Flight Cable Assemblies, the only Ka Band space flight assembly optimally sized to offer the best possible insertion loss to 32 GHz.

"This product will outperform all comparable products," Micro-Coax Technical Director John Lewis said. "It is ideally suited to support both uplink frequencies between 18.3 and 20.2 GHz and downlink frequencies between 27.5 and 31 GHz. Although its diameter is optimized for 32 GHz, MCJ185A is still lighter than any competing product."

MCJ185A cable assemblies use a 0.185-inch diameter ultra-low loss cable with lightweight ARACON® braid and a black Tefzel® jacket. This cable is mated to specially designed SMK connectors available in straight and right-angle configurations.

Lewis said MCJ185A cable assembles are designed for Ka Band space flight applications aboard satellites as RF/Microwave interconnects, making them a good fit for the commercial and defense space market.

Specifications include:

  •     A full space flight qualification (and use on several current space flight programs).
  •     Typical insertion loss at 32GHz of less than 3dB for a six-foot assembly.
  •     Typical return losses of greater than 20 dB broadband between 18 and 32 GHz.
  •     SMK connectors typically weighing 2 grams less than competing connectors.

Micro-Coax has supplied high reliability products for space-grade applications for more than three decades and has an extensive track record in providing microwave transmission line products for the most demanding spaceflight technical challenges. Micro-Coax products are proven highly reliable, as extensive acceptance testing exceeds industry standards from the connector and cable component level through to the final delivered product. And Micro-Coax offers cable constructions built with ARACON®, so ultra-light cable constructions can weigh up to 35 percent less than conventional assemblies with no sacrifice in electrical or mechanical performance.

About Micro-Coax

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Micro-Coax is a worldwide leader providing design expertise for radio frequency (RF) and microwave transmission line products and composite EMI shielding materials. Serving the space, military, test & measurement, telecommunications and aviation markets, Micro-Coax products have earned a reputation for the highest reliability in the toughest environments. A broad technology base allows Micro-Coax to quickly respond to customer needs with an innovative combination of coaxial cables, connectors, cable assemblies and EMI shielding materials. For more information, visit http://www.micro-coax.com.

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