GORE® Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies for NewSpace

Gore offers a portfolio of small, low-mass assemblies in highly flexible coaxial formats with robust connector variants for high-frequency and high-density applications. Our assemblies are proven to operate up to 40 GHz while delivering high-quality signal transmission and low loss in difficult launch and earth orbit environments.

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Overview

NewSpace companies want trusted microwave/RF assemblies that meet stringent industry requirements for use in smaller, lower-cost launch vehicles and constellations of cube satellites. So they need assemblies in low-mass designs at a reasonable price that can be delivered quickly and re-used over many launch cycles and short missions. Not an easy task for cable manufacturers.

At Gore, we can help you navigate microwave/RF assembly requirements for NewSpace applications. We combine decades of extensive materials expertise and proven traditional spaceflight heritage to offer readily-available, cost-effective and reliable solutions. We’ve even completed thorough evaluation and qualification testing, so you don’t have to.

HIGH-QUALITY SIGNAL TRANSMISSION

GORE Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies are proven to deliver high-quality signal transmission with low insertion loss at frequencies ranging from DC to 40 GHz. They’re built precisely for optimal performance in high-frequency and high-density applications.

Our assemblies have been proven to resist the most extreme conditions they experience during complicated launch sequences and challenging low and medium earth orbit environments. They operate reliably in extreme temperatures and are resistant to repeated vibration, shock, radiation and atomic oxygen.

We have a thorough understanding of products operating in space and our customers’ needs for NewSpace applications. We’ve developed appropriately scoped NewSpace test procedures in line with existing ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) specifications. So our microwave/RF assemblies are qualified according to NASA Level 2, ESA Class 2, and TRL 6+.

SMALL, FLEXIBLE, LOW-MASS FORMATS

We offer several assembly types with small diameter sizes ranging from 2.0 mm (0.085 in) to 4.8 mm (0.190 in) in highly flexible, low-mass coaxial formats to meet specific application needs. We also offer a variety of connector variants — including SMA, SMP, SMPM, 2.92 mm, and TNCA — engineered to complement the performance of each assembly type, minimizing loss and reflection.

The bottom line is that we can help you overcome NewSpace challenges. We can provide qualified, reliable solutions that are low mass for more payload and can be re-used over multiple launches and missions. We can also manufacture and deliver GORE Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies quickly to meet challenging program schedules at affordable prices you’ll appreciate.

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Highly flexible, low-mass coaxial format of GORE Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies

Applications

GORE Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies are engineered to perform reliably in a variety of high-frequency and high-density applications for NewSpace, including:

  • box-to-box connections
  • digital video systems
  • Ethernet backbone
  • general payload
  • high-frequency equipment
  • launch vehicles
  • low-mass applications
  • Multiplexor
  • Quick connect
  • satellite panel-to-panel equipment
  • sensor data collection/processing

If you have any questions or to discuss your specific application needs, please contact a Gore representative.

Benefits

GORE Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies provide system architects and engineers with many benefits that improve electrical and mechanical performance such as:

  • high-quality signal transmission with low insertion loss from DC to 40 GHz
  • proven high resistance to extreme temperatures, chemicals, radiation, shock, vibration, more
  • low-risk products qualified to NASA Level 2, ESA Class 2, and TRL 6+
  • low-mass, highly flexible coaxial formats to help meet challenging mass budgets
  • a variety of robust, low-profile connector variants, minimizing loss and reflection
  • cost-effective solutions ideal for NewSpace private sector companies
  • rapid delivery to meet demanding program schedules and frequent launch capabilities
  • leverage proven performance with 100% failure-free flight record in hundreds of traditional spaceflight programs

For more information about the benefits of our assemblies, please contact a Gore representative.

Properties

These values demonstrate the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance of GORE Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies.

Electrical Property Cable Type Value
GNS-Y2 GNS-Y4 GNS-Y6 GNS-Y8
Maximum Frequency GHz 18 18 40 18
Insertion Loss dB/m (dB/ft)
  1 GHz
  18 GHz
 
0.63 (0.19)
2.83 (0.89)
 
0.47 (0.14)
2.08 (0.64)
 
0.38 (0.11)
1.67 (0.52)
 
0.24 (0.07)
1.07 (0.34)
Mechanical / Environmental Property Cable Type Value
GNS-Y2 GNS-Y4 GNS-Y6 GNS-Y8
Jacket Material PFA
Jacket Color Yellow
Conductor Silver-Plated Copper
Dielectric Material ePTFE
Overall Diameter mm (in) 2.2 (0.085) 3.0 (0.120) 3.8 (0.140) 4.8 (0.190)
Mass g/m (g/ft) 13.1 (4.0) 29.5 (9.0) 36.1 (11.0) 55.8 (17.0)
Minimum Bend Radius mm (in) 12.70 (0.50) 12.70 (0.50) 25.40 (1.00) 25.40 (1.00)
Temperature Range °C -65 to +150 -65 to +150 -65 to +150 -65 to +150
Radiation Resistance MRad 10 10 10 10
Outgassing % (ASTM-E595)
  Volatile Condensable Mass (VCM)
  Total Mass Loss (TML)
 
< 0.1
1.0
 
< 0.1
1.0
 
< 0.1
1.0
 
< 0.1
1.0

Qualifications

GORE Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies have undergone substantial qualification testing replicating integration, launch, and in-orbit phases to ensure they meet the most current industry standards and our customers’ requirements.

  • ESA ESCC 3408: Evaluation and qualification testing in line with general requirements
  • ESA ECSS-Q-ST-60-13C Annex G Class 2: Space Product Assurance — Commercial Electrical, Electronic and Electromechanical (EEE) Components
  • NASA EEE-INST-002 Level 2: Instructions for EEE Parts Selection, Screening, Qualification, and Derating
  • Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6+: Demonstrating Critical Functions in Relevant Environments

For more information about the qualifications of our assemblies, please contact a Gore representative.

Online Tools

Easy to Use, Fast Results

Gore’s online resources are designed specifically to make it easy for you to select the right microwave/RF assembly for your specific application requirements.

NEW Microwave/RF Cable Assembly Builder allows you to design a Microwave/RF Cable Assembly with ease from your desktop, tablet or mobile phone. Whether you are working in Test & Measurement, Spaceflight, Aerospace or Defense you can design an RF cable assembly to meet your specific needs. Once you design your assemblies you’ll be able to download custom datasheets for your builds within minutes, and you can also submit the builds for a quote. A Gore specialist will then review your designs and application requirements.

Microwave/RF Cable Assembly Calculator allows you to calculate insertion loss, VSWR and other parameters of Gore’s assemblies for different cable types. Select and compare up to 3 cables at a time.

If you have questions about our assemblies and want to discuss your specific application needs, please contact a Gore representative.

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Recent News

Press Release

GORE® PHASEFLEX® Microwave/RF Test Assemblies Honored, Set Gold Standard with Industry Innovators Award

Posted September 16, 2020

W. L. Gore & Associates announced that its GORE® PHASEFLEX® Microwave/RF Test Assemblies were recognized among the 2020 Military & Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards. An esteemed and experienced panel of judges from the aerospace and defense community recognized Gore as a Gold honoree. These assemblies are being recognized for their durability and reliability for precision testing of electronic warfare (EW) / radar suites; electronic surveillance/counter measures; radar warning systems; missile approach warning systems; and navigation/communication systems.

Press Release

Gore Products to Enable Mars 2020 Mission Communications

Posted July 30, 2020

W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) today announced the company’s involvement in the Mars 2020 Mission scheduled for launch on July 30 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This U.S. mission addresses high-priority scientific goals for exploration to help answer the questions of potential life on Mars.

Press Release

Gore Launches New Online Microwave/RF Assembly Builder

Posted April 21, 2020

W. L. Gore & Associates has launched its updated GORE® Microwave/RF Assembly Builder, a step-by-step tool that allows the user to configure and request a quote for an assembly with a variety of connector & cable options, assembly lengths, and frequencies.

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