According to our independent studies and research, globally more than 75% of microwave/RF assemblies are frequently replaced because of damage during installation or operation. That’s a high percentage of assembly failure that involves taking the aircraft out of service, extra labor to replace assemblies, and more money that can add up fast! With more passengers traveling these days for business or leisure, the industry needs avionics to operate reliably and aircraft to remain in service longer.
Proven Performance & Reliability
GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies ensure optimal electrical and mechanical performance consistently for the duration of the aircraft. They deliver dependable signal integrity for superior radio frequency up to 32 gigahertz (GHz) in Ka/Ku-Band applications.
Our assemblies are also proven to provide outstanding shielding effectiveness with excellent insertion/return loss for less RF interference among multiple satellite communications systems. Since the connector choice determines a specific assembly’s shielding effectiveness, we offer an assortment of connectors designed specifically to complement assembly performance, minimizing loss and reflection for optimized signal transmission.
But that’s not all. We combine durability in a small, low-weight construction so that mechanical strength isn't compromised. Our assemblies ensure high-quality signals in harsh environments, like complex routing, maintenance activities, and flight conditions. Their smaller size also means more flexibility, so aircraft maintainers will find them easy to route — particularly for conduit installation or in areas that require little to no maintenance activity.
GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies are proven to maintain high-quality signals with proven shielding effectiveness for longer service life, less downtime, and fewer total costs.
GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies are engineered to perform reliably in commercial airborne applications, including:
- Ka-Band SATCOM antennas
- Ku-Band SATCOM antennas
If you have any questions or to discuss your specific application needs, please contact a Gore representative.
GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies provide system architects and engineers with many benefits that improve electrical and mechanical performance such as:
- dependable signal integrity for superior radio frequency up to 32 GHz
- outstanding shielding effectiveness with excellent insertion/return loss
- greater mechanical strength that tolerates harsh aerospace environments
- easy installation due to smaller diameters with greater flexibility and tight bend radius
- low-weight assembly for improved fuel efficiency and increased cargo
- longer system life for less downtime and lower total costs
- robust, low-profile connector options for increased design flexibility
- proven performance with approved aerospace materials through qualification testing
For more information about the benefits of our assemblies, please contact a Gore representative.
These values demonstrate the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance of GORE Microwave/RF Assemblies.
Download the catalog/data sheets for more technical information, including qualifications, connector options and ordering information.
|Electrical Propertya||Cable Type|
|Maximum Frequency (GHz)||32||18||18|
|Optimized Frequency (GHz)||17.5 – 22.0
27.0 - 32.0
|Guaranteed VSWR (dB through Max Frequency)
Straight-to-Right Angle Connector
|Typical Insertion Loss (dB/m [dB/ft])||1.53 (0.47)||1.13 (0.34)||0.75 (0.23)|
|Attenuation at Max Frequency (dB/m [dB/ft])||1.58 (0.48)||1.06 (0.32)||0.63 (0.19)|
|Typical Phase Stability (Degree)||+/- 5.0||+/- 2.0||+/- 15.0|
|Typical Amplitude Stability (dB)||0.05||< +/- 0.05||< +/- 0.05|
|Standard Impendence (Ohms)||50 ± 1|
|Velocity of Propagation (Nominal) (%)||85|
|Time Delay (Nominal) (ns/m [ns/in])||3.94 (0.10)|
|Capacitance (pF/m [pF/ft])||72.7 (22.1)||80.3 (24.4)||78.6 (24.0)|
|Shielding Effectiveness (dB through Max Frequency)||101||> 100||> 100|
|Dielectric Constant (Nominal)||1.4|
|Dielectric Withstanding Voltage (Vrms)
a Specifications for Type 5H are based on a 0.6 m (23.6 in) assembly length, Types G5 and 8W are based on a 0.9 m (36 in) assembly length, and the maximum frequency with straight connectors.
|Mechanical / Environmental Property||Cable Type|
|Center Connector||Solid, Silver-Plated Copper|
|Nominal Outer Diameter (mm [in])||4.3 (0.17)||4.8 (0.19)||8.1 (0.32)|
|Nominal Weight (g/m [lbs/1000 ft])||42.0 (28.2)||52.5 (35.3)||144.4 (97.0)|
|Minimum Bend Radius (mm [in])||25.4 (1.0)||25.4 (1.0)||50.8 (2.0)|
|Temperature Range (°C)||-95 to +155||-55 to +125||-55 to +125|
Easy to Use, Fast Results
Gore’s online resources are designed specifically to make it easy for you to select the right microwave/RF assembly for your specific application requirements.
NEW Microwave/RF Cable Assembly Builder allows you to design a Microwave/RF Cable Assembly with ease from your desktop, tablet or mobile phone. Whether you are working in Test & Measurement, Spaceflight, Aerospace or Defense you can design an RF cable assembly to meet your specific needs. Once you design your assemblies you’ll be able to download custom datasheets for your builds within minutes, and you can also submit the builds for a quote. A Gore specialist will then review your designs and application requirements.
Microwave/RF Cable Assembly Calculator allows you to calculate insertion loss, VSWR and other parameters of Gore’s assemblies for different cable types. Select and compare up to 3 cables at a time.
If you have questions about our assemblies and want to discuss your specific application needs, please contact a Gore representative.
Due to the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, the Michigan Defense Exposition has been moved to a free virtual environment — now called V-MDEX.
W. L. Gore & Associates has launched its updated GORE® Microwave/RF Assembly Builder, a step-by-step tool that allows the user to configure and request a quote for an assembly with a variety of connector & cable options, assembly lengths, and frequencies.
Visit us in Booth 1731 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. We’ll be showcasing our comprehensive portfolio of reliable solutions for traditional space applications and the NewSpace economy.
W. L. Gore & Associates will showcase a broad portfolio of GORE® Space Cables and Assemblies for traditional and NewSpace applications at Satellite 2020 in Washington, DC on March 9 to 12 in Booth 1731.