Mixed Signal & Power Connectors for UAVs

By Mike Ball / 26 Oct 2021
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TE Connectivity unmanned power connectorTE Connectivity (TE) has released a new reliable and durable connector that balances both signal and power capabilities for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). The Unmanned Power (UMP) connector provides up to 80 amps per contact and is available as a power or mixed signal/power connector.

The growth of the drone industry and the increased need for high power connectors drove TE’s engineers to design the UMP connector. Many connectors currently used in commercial drones have experienced challenges with amp rating, connector size and mixed signal variations, often having to sacrifice one benefit for the other. TE’s UMP connector is 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’s UMP connectors are engineered to withstand harsh environments, featuring:

  • High-temperature materials
  • Crimp pigtail assembly (with high grade flexible silicone wire)
  • Integrated power (with two or three position power options)
  • Mixed signal options
  • Smaller bulkhead mount

Taylor Fitzpatrick, product manager for TE’s Aerospace, Defense and Marine division, commented: “We used our aerospace and automotive experience to design our UMP connectors with stronger materials proven in harsh environments and reliable contact interfaces while still considering weight and density. With a variety of connector configurations and solder-free options, TE’s UMP connector has what power distribution designers need for their platforms without sacrificing reliability.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact