When it comes down to the different components within an electric flight power system, connectors may be one of the most important. Connectors are used to connect batteries to speed controls, and speed controls to motors. Performance can be severely impacted by these connections, and poor connections can rob the systems of power, cause a meltdown, or result in a fire.

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A solar photovoltaic system is a power system designed to supply usable solar power through the means of photovoltaics. Photovoltaics refers to the conversion of light into electricity using semiconductor materials that exhibit the photovoltaic effect (the generation of voltage and electric current in a material upon exposure to light.) A solar PV system consists of a combination of several components including solar panels, inverters, connectors, mounting, cabling, and other electrical accessories. These systems range from small, roof-top mounted systems of a few kilowatts to large utility-scale power stations of hundreds of megawatts.

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There are five basic types of Army/Navy (AN) connectors used on aircraft: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, and Class K. Class A-D connectors are made of aluminum while Class K is made of steel. Class A is a solid, one-piece back shell connector and is general-purpose. Class B back shell separates into two parts along the length and is used where it’s important that the soldered connectors are readily accessible. Class C is a pressurized connector and has inserts that are not removable. They are used on walls or bulkheads of equipment that is pressurized. Class D are moisture and vibration resistant and have a sealing grommet in the back shell. Class K is a fireproof connector and is usually longer than other connectors.

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