Overview

Space travel puts cable assemblies to the test. Equipment must travel millions of miles, withstand temperature extremes — and several thermal cycles over time — and endure harsh landings. Beyond retaining their mechanical properties, the assemblies need to perform well, capturing and transmitting data from spacecrafts back to Earth. There’s no quick fix in space; failure is simply not an option.

Since 1976, Gore has provided microwave / RF assemblies to more than 100 satellite programs with a 100% failure-free flight record. GORE® Spaceflight Microwave / RF Assemblies are specifically designed for use in the harsh environment of space. All assemblies use spaceflight-approved materials while offering assembly options, including radiation resistance, high power designs, low phase change cable and lightweight cable.

Gore offers spaceflight assemblies that operate from DC to 65GHz and cable sizes ranging from 0.047” (1.2mm) to 0.320” (8.1mm). Assemblies are available with a variety of connector options including but not limited to SMP and SMPM, MSSS™, SMA, 2.92mm, TNC and TNCA.

GORE Spaceflight Microwave / RF Assemblies are specifically designed for use in space. All assemblies use spaceflight-approved materials while offering assembly options including radiation resistance, high power designs, low phase change cable and lightweight cable.

GORE Spaceflight Microwave / RF Assemblies provide:

  • reliable signal integrity with excellent insertion loss and return loss
  • outstanding shielding effectiveness across operating frequency from durable cable construction
  • increased flexibility in design layout with robust, low-profile connector solutions
  • proven performance from qualification in integration, launch and in-orbit phases
  • Gore swept pin low profile 90° box connector design
  • Tefzel Jacket for radiation protection

The assemblies are globally available from our United States and European manufacturing facilities. Additionally, Gore’s worldwide engineering team provides sales and technical support.

If you have any questions about GORE Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies, please contact a Gore representative.

Applications

We offer five families of GORE Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies, each engineered for specific types of applications:

  • Generic Payload Applications
  • Low Mass Payload Applications
  • High Frequency Payload Applications
  • High Power Applications
  • High Density Applications

Gore cable assemblies have been integrated into hundreds of satellite programs and multiple launch vehicle applications.  Additionally, since 1976, our cable assemblies have been used aboard multiple Mars critical space missions, including:

  • Mars Rover
  • Curiosity Rover
  • Mars Pathfinder
  • Opportunity Rover
  • Spirit Rover

Gore has a long history of providing highly reliable cable solutions for the space industry. The 100% success rate of our cables demonstrates our commitment to collaborating with customers when developing reliable and durable cables for these demanding applications.

Resources

Learn more about GORE Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies in a data sheet, a thorough product brochure and a white paper discussing the properties of cables that ensure peak electrical performance.

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Not for use in food, drug, cosmetic or medical device manufacturing, processing, or packaging operations.

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Perseverance on Mars: Gore Facilitates Successful Mars Rover Landing

Posted February 18, 2021

W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) joined countless scientists and space exploration enthusiasts in celebrating the successful landing of the Mars 2020 Mission’s Perseverance Rover on the Red Planet.

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Gore Jolts Emerging Electric Aviation Market with New High-Performance Aerospace Wires

Posted October 13, 2020

W. L. Gore & Associates announced today a new solution that meets higher voltages as the trend continues towards aircraft electrification to reduce the impact of air transport on our environment. GORE® High Performance Aerospace Wires, GWN3000 Series, deliver the best combination of superior mechanical strength and outstanding electrical reliability without increasing wire bundle size or weight.

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GORE® PHASEFLEX® Microwave/RF Test Assemblies Honored, Set Gold Standard with Industry Innovators Award

Posted September 16, 2020

W. L. Gore & Associates announced that its GORE® PHASEFLEX® Microwave/RF Test Assemblies were recognized among the 2020 Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards. An esteemed and experienced panel of judges from the aerospace and defense community recognized Gore as a Gold honoree. These assemblies are being recognized for their durability and reliability for precision testing of electronic warfare (EW) / radar suites; electronic surveillance/counter measures; radar warning systems; missile approach warning systems; and navigation/communication systems.

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W. L. Gore & Associates Goes Virtual at IMS2020

August 4, 2020 - August 6, 2020

Due to the ongoing challenge of COVID-19, IMS2020 has been moved to virtual with live streaming. A key topic at the symposium is 5G connectivity, and Gore will present a portfolio of reliable microwave/RF test assemblies for 5G testing. We’ll describe how our cable assemblies provide durable, stable, and consistent performance to ensuring accurate and reliable testing results.

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