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.

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Gore at Satellite 2020

March 9, 2020 - March 12, 2020

Visit us in Booth 1731 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. We’ll be showcasing our comprehensive portfolio of reliable solutions for traditional space applications and the NewSpace economy.

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Gore Featuring Qualified, High-Performance Solutions at Satellite 2020

Posted March 3, 2020

W. L. Gore & Associates will showcase a broad portfolio of GORE® Space Cables and Assemblies for traditional and NewSpace applications at Satellite 2020 in Washington, DC on March 9 to 12 in Booth 1731.

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Gore Awarded 2019 Innovators Awards by Military & Aerospace Electronics

Posted February 13, 2020

Gore announced today that its GORE® Microwave/RF Assemblies, 7 Series and GORE® Aerospace Fiber Optic Cables, 1.8 mm Simplex were recognized among the best by the 2019 Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards. An esteemed and experienced panel of judges from the aerospace and defense community recognized Gore as a Platinum honoree for both product lines.

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