Reduce Costs for High-Quality Flight and Ground Data Transfer
Data transmission is essential to the success of every space mission. If data can’t be transmitted, the spacecraft could lose communication with mission control, leading to inefficiencies or even a failed mission.
GORE Space Cables for SpaceWire applications ensure excellent, constant data transmission aboard various types of spacecrafts. Our cables provide bidirectional, high-speed data transmission up to 400 Mbit/s with minimal crosstalk, signal attenuation and low skew. Additionally, the cables meet the stringent electrical and mechanical requirements of ESCC 3902/003.
Using a serial, point-to-point dataline with Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS), our space cables for SpaceWire applications reduce costs because they can be integrated into many different satellite programs without the need for custom designs. Among the cables’ applications are high-resolution cameras and radar sensor equipment, and they are used aboard the James Webb Space Telescope and the Sun Dynamics Observatory.
Cables are available in either bulk or custom-assembled forms, terminated on micro-miniature D-type connectors.
The Science Behind the Cables
The key to the performance of GORE Space Cables for SpaceWire applications is the proprietary material used in the cable insulation, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE). Using ePTFE, we support LVDS, which allows data to pass through the cable without significant signal loss. By combining this LVDS technology with standard hardware protocols, the cables provide a simple alternative to the need for customized program designs.
GORE Space Cables for SpaceWire applications ensure excellent signal integrity in a variety of applications. The cables are typically used for:
- high-resolution cameras
- radar sensor equipment
- sensor, mass-memory unit and telemetry subsystem interconnections
A number of critical space missions currently use our space cables for SpaceWire applications. They include:
- Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV)
- James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
- Sun Dynamics Observatory (SDO)
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 for SpaceWire applications provide bidirectional, high-speed data transmission up to 400 Mbit/s. Other features of the cables include:
- design specific for use in space and ground applications
- outstanding mechanical performance in extreme conditions
- 100 Ω impedance shielded signal pairs — individually or overall shielded
- very low skew, signal attenuation and crosstalk
- good EMC performance
As a result, our datalines offer many benefits, including:
- easier installation and reduced costs from common compatibility based on ESCC standard
- better signal transmission, impedance, skew, attenuation, crosstalk and EMC performance
- improved reliability from rugged materials used in construction
- valued reliability delivered from an ESA-qualified and a DIN EN ISO 9001:2000-certified manufacturing facility
Additionally, our customers receive sales and technical support from our worldwide engineering team. If you have any questions as you consider GORE Space Cables for your SpaceWire application, please contact us
All GORE Space Cables for SpaceWire applications meet these technical specifications.
|Maximum Operating Voltage||200 V RMS|
|Conductor||Silver-plated, high-strength copper alloy|
|Temperature Range||-200°C to +180°C|
GORE Space Cables for SpaceWire applications are available in two variants: 01 and 02. When ordering, please specify ESCC3902003XXB with the ‘XX’ being the appropriate variant number. For more information, please contact us.
|No. of Strands x Ø (mm)||7 x 0.126||7 x 0.160|
|Max. Ø (mm)||0.39||0.49|
|Nominal Section (mm2)||0.089||0.141|
|Max. DC Resistance (Ω/km)||256||159|
Find more information about GORE Space Cables for SpaceWire applications in the product data sheet and a white paper discussing the properties of cables that ensure peak electrical performance.
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.
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.
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.
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.