Overview

As cables move, they create and build up static electricity, which can threaten space missions because of the danger of short circuits in vital interconnects.

Gore now provides an anti-static wire for applications in which cable movements, and other effects, can generate the accumulation of static electric charges. GORE Space Cables, ASW (Anti-Static Wire) have a cable jacket that is insulated with a semi-conductive film to effectively drain static electricity.

Available in diameters from 0.65 to 1.03 mm, our cables are lightweight, flexible and can operate in temperatures from -200° to +200°.

The Science Behind the Cables

The key to our space cables’ performance is the proprietary material used in their insulation, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE). This specialized insulation increases the cable’s ability to bend and flex, while protecting the conductors from stress and damage. The ePTFE material also eliminates the need to trim frayed insulation, and its specialized construction reduces the overall cable diameter so it fits in the tightest enclosures.

Applications

GORE Space Cables, ASW (Anti-Static Wire) are frequently used for:

  • stationary plasma thrusters
  • yoke applications
  • propulsion systems
  • cryogenic use
  • solar array wiring
  • ion thrusters

The cables have been used on many critical space missions, including on several space platforms:

  • Eurostar 3000
  • LS 1300
  • 702 HP
  • Star

For more than 25 years, we’ve provided 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.

Features & Benefits

GORE Space Cables, ASW (Anti-Static Wire) feature:

  • ePTFE- or engineered fluoropolymer-insulated jacket
  • a flexible and lightweight design
  • a tight jacket conductivity

These features benefit manufacturers and end users by providing:

  • protection against static electricity
  • ease of installation due to flexible design
  • lower launch mass
  • Flat cable concepts, which allow for stackability

Additionally, Gore’s worldwide engineering team provides sales and technical support. If you have any questions about the space cables’ features or benefits, please contact us.

Specifications

Property Value
Maximum Operating Voltage 600 V RMS
Conductor Silver-plated copper or copper alloy, true concentric
Insulation GEO: expanded PTFE + polyimide
LEO: engineered fluoropolymer
Outer Jacket GEO: semi-conductive film
LEO: semi-conductive fluoropolymer
Temperature Range -200°C to +200°C

 

For more information about GORE® Space Cables, ASW (Anti-Static Wire), please download the Gore Space Cables Product Portfolio.

Resources

Learn more about GORE Space Cables, ASW (Anti-Static Wire) in thorough data sheets and a white paper discussing the properties of cables that ensure peak electrical performance.

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November 2, 2021 - November 4, 2021

Visit our booth during Europe’s largest military helicopter event to see our extensive portfolio of proven solutions that the military has relied on and trusted for decades. On Thursday, November 4th, don’t miss the presentation from our experts about Gore’s aerospace interconnection solutions and materials for existing and next-gen rotorcraft.

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Posted September 14, 2021

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