In outer space, cables are presented with challenging environmental conditions that could impact their performance — possibly having drastic consequences on the mission of the spacecraft.
GORE Space Cables, Type CSWL are constructed with robust materials that are chemical- and temperature-resistant to withstand the harsh conditions of space travel. Additionally, our cables are engineered with a fluoropolymer insulation that reduces the risk of cut-through and material creep.
The cables’ smaller diameter and added durability increase flexibility with a tighter bend radius and extremely low spring-back — making it easier to route the cables through confined areas during installation.
Our cables are well-suited for use in all areas of the spacecraft — from propulsion to optical systems — and meet the rigorous requirements of ESCC 3901/024.
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.
GORE Space Cables, Type CSWL are frequently used for:
- manned/unmanned space missions
- low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites
- transfer vehicles
Notably, the cables have been used aboard the Vega Launcher.
Features & Benefits
GORE Space Cables, Type CSWL feature a:
- fluoropolymer insulation that reduces risk of cut-through and creep
- tight bend radius
- low spring-back
- polyimide-free construction
- excellent cut-through performance
These features benefit manufacturers and end users by providing:
- resistance to chemicals, extreme temperatures and abrasion
- flexibility that aids installation
- an excellent and extensive track record in the industry
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.
|Maximum Operating Voltage||600 V RMS|
|Conductor||Silver-plated copper or copper alloy, true concentric|
|Insulation||Double layer: engineered fluoropolymer + PTFE|
|Outer Jacket||Double layer: expanded PTFE + PFA|
|Temperature Range||-200°C to +200°C|
For more information about GORE Space Cables, Type CSWL, please download the Gore Space Cables Product Portfolio.
Learn more about GORE® Space Cables, Type CSWL in thorough data sheets and a white paper discussing the properties of cables that ensure peak electrical performance.
Gore will be showcasing their broad range of qualified GORE® Space Cables and Assemblies at the Space Passive Component Days (SPCD) on October 12-14, 2016 at ESA/ESTEC in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. has received a Supplier Appreciation Award from Space Systems Loral (SSL) Palo Alto, CA, the leading provider of geostationary commercial satellites, in recognition of Gore’s dedication in supporting SSL programs.