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Smiths unveils new range of splitters for space applications

Smiths Interconnect has announced the release of its SpaceNXT MWC Series of high reliability multi-way isolated splitters in high-frequency Ku-bands.

The SpaceNXT MWC Series is specifically designed for a variety of space applications from MEO/GEO satellites to deep space probes. It can be supplied to recognised testing sequences, simplifying the specification and definition process and helping customers meet even the most aggressive project schedules and reduce their cost of ownership.

Testing is performed in- house and in compliance with general space qualification flows, incorporating industry-standard environmental requirements or custom screening and qualification flows provided by users as preferred. The test sequence and limits were designed and selected by Smiths Interconnect on a worst-case combination based on user requirements.

The MWC Series is a 2-way Ku-Band isolated splitter that operates from 10.7 to 12.8 GHz and offers:

  • A compact, and low mass structure featuring field replaceable connectors that can be adapted for alternative mechanical or electrical arrangements.
  • An insertion loss under 1.4 dB max and ad inter channel isolation of 35 dB min
  • EMC shielded, RoHS compliant, stackable Aluminum casing
  • Factory configurable solution to operate as a combiner or splitter

MWC Series is idesigned to offer the commercial satellite uplink band (downlink also available) with specific attention to achieving phase stable output amplitude characteristics.

The mechanical solution is suitable to support other operating bands, from X- to Ka, and can be made available in other configurations.

Author
Neil Tyler

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