TE Connectivity develops UAV power connector

TE Connectivity has launched an Unmanned Power (UMP) connector, offering up to 80 amps per contact and available as a power or mixed signal/power connector.

With the growth of UAV usage in the industrial and aerospace markets and the increased need for high power connectors current market connectors, commonly used in UAV and commercial drones, have experienced challenges with amp rating, connector size and mixed signal variations, often having to sacrifice one benefit for the other.

TE has responded by developing the UMP connector, which has been designed to provide a reliable contact interface that safely delivers power or both power and signal to control rotors, battery systems and power distribution systems of unmanned vehicles.

TE said that it has used its experience in the aerospace and automotive markets to design the UMP connectors, using stronger materials proven in harsh environments and reliable contact interfaces while still addressing the key issues of weight and density.

A variety of connector configurations and solder-free options are also available.

These UMP connectors are able to withstand harsh environments using:

  • high temperature materials
  • crimp pigtail assembly (with high grade flexible silicone wire)
  • integrated power (with two or three position power options)
  • mixed signal options
  • a smaller bulkhead mount (compared to competing connectors)