GORE® Space Cables, Type SPL for GEO Applications

In critical space missions, signal integrity can never be in question. In GEO applications, GORE Space Cables, Type SPL deliver high signal quality, flexibility and durability to ensure the space mission is a success.

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Overview

Increase Reliability with Qualified Space Cables

In the space industry, electronics must be reliable, or safety can be seriously compromised.

GORE Space Cables, Type SPL for geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) applications provide the high-quality signals required in space missions — in a lightweight, small design that makes them ideal for high-volume manufacturing.

The cables are extremely flexible and durable, so they’re easier to install in even the tightest configurations. Crucially, the cables’ lighter weight and small structure reduce the total launch mass of the spacecraft, saving valuable weight for other critical subsystems.

The cables are qualified to ESA specifications ESCC 3901/019.

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, Type SPL for geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) applications are frequently used for:

  • DC power distribution
  • low-frequency applications
  • optical instruments

The cables have been trusted by many critical spacecraft missions, including:

  • Express MD1/MD2
  • Globalstar satellite
  • MetOp satellites
  • XMM-Newton space observatory

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, Type SPL for geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) applications feature a:

  • low launch mass
  • small diameter
  • high temperature range
  • high flexibility

These features benefit manufacturers by providing:

  • reliable signal integrity
  • surplus mass to be used for other critical subsystems
  • long-lasting product life resulting from robust design
  • reduced installation and maintenance costs without compromised performance

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

Properties

Property Value
Maximum Operating Voltage 600 V RMS
Conductor Silver-plated copper or copper alloy, true concentric
Insulation Double layer: expanded PTFE + polyimide
Outer Jacket Polyimide
Temperature Range -200°C to +200°C

 

For more information about the GORE® Space Cables, Type SPL, please download the Gore Space Cables Product Portfolio.

Resources

Learn more about GORE Space Cables, Type SPL for geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) applications in thorough data sheets and a white paper discussing the properties of cables that ensure peak electrical performance.

Recent News

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Gore at Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE) & Cribbins Symposiums

November 18, 2019 - November 21, 2019

Come by booth 429 and explore our collection of high-performance cables and materials that are trusted by the defense sector because they help ensure readiness, survivability, and mission success.

Event

Gore at 2019 Space Tech Expo

November 19, 2019 - November 21, 2019

Visit us in Booth H50! We'll be exhibiting qualified GORE® Space Cables and Assemblies that have been proven and trusted for decades in hundreds of global spaceflight programs, including the iconic Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

We'll also be presenting reliable, cost-effective solutions for the NewSpace economy. On November 20th at 11:15 am CET, you're invited to listen to our expert share his industry knowledge and materials expertise to help you navigate wire and cable requirements for NewSpace missions.

Press Release

Gore Showcasing New and Time-Proven Solutions at 2019 Space Tech Expo

Posted November 14, 2019

Gore will exhibit an extensive collection of qualified GORE® Space Cables and Assemblies at the 2019 Space Tech Expo in Bremen, Germany on November 19-21 in Booth H50. Gore will also be a featured speaker on November 20th at 11:15 am CET.

Press Release

New Design Options: GORE® High Speed Data Cables for Prototyping & Evaluation in Aircraft

Posted November 6, 2019

Gore now offers new design options in the company’s sample inventory of GORE® High Speed Data Cables to continue to meet aerospace industry needs and new protocols. The expanded sample inventory includes 8 new part numbers ranging from OM4 fiber optics 1.8 mm Simplex, CAN Bus shielded pair, Ethernet specialty quadrax, and shielded twisted pair.

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