The first satellite of the COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation (CSG-1) was launched and has been orbiting since 18 December 2019. It adds to a constellation that, for over 10 years, has made an important international contribution to emergency management, environmental monitoring and national security.
Thales Alenia Space is responsible for the overall COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation programme, including the construction two CSG satellites, intended for use by the Italian space agency ASI and Ministry of Defence. The signal is regularly picked by the Fucino Space Centre managed by Telespazio (Leonardo-Thales).
The Second Generation programme will launch four satellites, and is intended to provide further improved performance in terms of technology, services and operational life of the system. The new satellites of the constellation represent the top tier in radar observation from space, in terms of precision, features and image quality.
Smiths Interconnect provide Thales Alenia Space with high performance microstrip circulators embedded into the active antenna transmitter/receiver modules, as well as low profile solderless interposers for the core electronics of the satellite.
Smiths Interconnect also supply high performance coaxial isolators and right angle spring probe connectors which provide streamlined routing of the cable harnessing, simplifying the antenna mechanical structure and allowing for a plug-in modular approach.
These Smiths Interconnect connectivity solutions are equipped with IDI spring probe contact technology, designed to optimise performance in harsh environments and offering excellent resistance to shock and vibration. They ensure the signal integrity of core electronics and antenna transmission.
Karen Bomba, President, Smiths Interconnect commented:
“We are proud to have contributed to the launch’s success. We congratulate Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio and wish them every success on the second generation of COSMO-SkyMed satellites”.