Overview

Proven performance and reliability for 32 GHz spaceflight applications
High-Frequency Cable Assemblies for Ka Band Frequencies

Failure isn’t an option in space, nor is it an option for cables used in space. These cables must endure take-off and harsh landings, stay reliable in use throughout the mission, and never require maintenance. After all, there’s no quick fix millions of miles from home.

Gore’s High-Frequency Cable Assemblies for Ka Band Frequencies (Type 5G Series of GORE® Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies) are qualified for spaceflight applications in three separate phases — integration, launch, and in-orbit — to ensure consistently reliable performance for the duration of the mission.

Unlike the standard bifurcated contact used in test connectors, the robust connectors of the Type 5G Series withstand the vibration of launch and orbit without compromising signal performance. In addition, the low profile of these connectors increases flexibility during the layout process of satellite design.

With superior radio frequency performance at 32 GHz, the cables are optimized for Ka band uplink and downlink applications.

Features & Benefits

Gore’s High-Frequency Cable Assemblies for Ka Band Frequencies have a durable cable construction engineered to withstand the rigors of space travel, from takeoff to landing and back. The assemblies deliver:

  • reliable signal integrity with excellent insertion loss and return loss
  • outstanding shielding effectiveness
  • increased flexibility in design layout with robust, low-profile connector solutions
  • proven performance from qualification in integration, launch, and in-orbit phases

Additionally, the assemblies are Globally available from manufacturing facilities in the United States and Europe.

If you have any further questions about the benefits of our High-Frequency Cable Assemblies, please contact us.

Specifications

Gore’s High-frequency Cable Assemblies for Ka Band Frequencies have these general specifications:
 

  • Frequency Range: DC – 32 GHz
  • Optimized Frequencies: 17.5 GHz – 22 GHz, 27 GHz – 32 GHz
  • Impedance: 50 ±1 ohms

This chart outlines additional specifications, like mass, minimum bend radius, and jacket material. Note that all specifications are based on 23.6 in (600 mm) long qualification assemblies; DC to 32 GHz. Guaranteed figures are available on request.

Property Value
Cable Part Number 5G
Cable Outer Diameter (nom) 0.170 in (4.3 mm)
Mass (nominal) 13 g/ft (42 g/m)
Minimum Bend Radius 1.0 in (25.4 mm)
Center Conductor Silver-plated copper wire, solid
Dielectric Expanded PTFE (ePTFE), tape wrapped
Electrical Shield Silver-plated flat copper wire, helically-wrapped
Mechanical Braid Silver-plated round copper wire, braided
Jacket Extruded DuPont™ ETFE fluoropolymer, black

 

Qualifications

The cables are fully qualified for integration, launch and in-orbit phases, along with multiple configurations and wide temperature ranges.

Property Value
Integration, Launch and In-Orbit Phases Fully Qualified
Configurations 5GZMQZMQ & 5GZMQZQA Cable Assemblies
Temperature Range -55°C to +155°C
Qualification Test Report No. ET-12036

 

Resources

Find more information about the cables in data sheets and a white paper discussing factors affecting cable performance.

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