Nicomatic has launched a new product line designed for use in spacecraft – Flat Flexible Cables for Space. The new flat flexible cable technology allows for lighter, more flexible interconnects in both satellites and spacecraft operating in low earth orbit, geosynchronous orbit, and beyond.
Utilizing materials qualified by NASA to meet outgassing requirements in vacuum conditions, such as polyvinyl fluoride and polyimide, Nicomatic develops tailored solutions which meet high-flex and low-profile interconnect requirements. This reduces the overall requirements for space and weight allocation as it relates to electrical harnessing systems. Nicomatic’s Flat Flexible Cables for Space have already been used in satellites, solar arrays, communications, cameras, radar, and simulator equipment in both manned and unmanned systems.
Ben Koontz, Custom Engineering Manager at Nicomatic, commented: “Our clients needed a solution which leveraged space-grade materials while meeting very stringent geometric and flexibility requirements that traditional round wire interconnect systems simply could not meet. Our engineering team needed to work with NASA-approved materials to ensure quick time-to-market, but other interconnect solutions were simply too large and inflexible. Nicomatic’s Flat Flexible Cables for Space allowed our client to create a satellite which incorporates pioneering technology without compromise due to outdated connectors.”