GORE® Space Cables, Type CSWL
The conditions in outer space put harsh demands on cables. GORE Space Cables, Type CSWL resist the extreme temperatures, chemicals and abrasion that exist on space crafts, while providing a flexible, durable design that eases installation.
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Due to operating conditions in space that are the harshest imaginable, space programs must have complete confidence that the cables connected to critical systems will continue to perform under that stress. And because repairs are not easy to make outside of planet Earth, these cables must not only be rugged but also boast decades of proven success. That’s where GORE® Space Cables for Traditional Space Applications from W. L. Gore & Associates come into play.
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.
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Not for use in food, drug, cosmetic or medical device manufacturing, processing, or packaging operations.