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Cables & Cable Assemblies
Tethered drone cables using standard materials often present ongoing challenges for commercial and defense applications, from absorbing moisture and weighing drones down to limiting opportunities for more payload options and decreasing the drone’s capabilities. Luckily, that’s where W. L. Gore & Associates comes in, offering a durable, low-weight hybrid solution with proven, unrivaled performance allowing drones to fly higher, see farther and do more than ever before.
Don't Let Your Tether Hold You Down!
Cables attached to commercial and defense tethered drones use traditional durable materials that are bulky and heavy, often weighing drones down. On the flip side, lighter-weight cable materials absorb moisture and lack enough protection to resist harsh environments like high temperatures. Both cable materials create issues during operation that can limit your payload options and reduce your drone’s capabilities.
GORE Tethered Drone Cables are a game-changer for the commercial and defense industries. We strike a balance by blending reliable high-power and fiber optic cables with rugged materials in a small-scale hybrid design.
Smaller Design With Better Protection
Our tethered drone cables are 20% smaller in size than standard nylon-built cables, which means they’re naturally lighter weight. So they take up less space inside the tether management system (TMS), giving you more design options and allowing for extra payload during operation.
We also build our cables with high-strength, weather-proof materials proven to survive damage from abrasion, wide temperatures, humidity and repeated reeling, to name a few. In fact, our single-mode fiber optic cable offers a high level of crush resistance and meets ARINC 802-3 requirements for a secure data link from the drone to ground support equipment (GSE).
The fiber can also function as a low-loss coaxial cable for applications transmitting and receiving data. Examples are temporary cell towers, rural network connectivity, mesh drone networks and line-of-sight communication. You can even use the fiber as a downlink for uninterrupted video streaming to provide situational awareness and coverage for emergency response, border patrol, aerial photography and more.
More Weight Stability In Harsh Fluids
Because every gram of weight saved on a drone matters, we tested our unique fiber braid cable against a standard nylon cable to see how both performed when immersed in harsh fluids. Results showed that the initial weight of the nylon cable increased significantly by 13% in hydraulic fluid and more than 7.5% in salt water. But, our cable offers 90% less weight pickup, particularly holding less than 1% in saltwater for even more design/payload options and height above ground level (AGL).
Don’t waste time with standard cables tethering you down and wearing out long before the drone. Fly higher, see farther and do more with durable, low-weight GORE Tethered Drone Cables proven to outperform standard cables over the drone’s lifecycle.
High-Strength, Lightweight Construction of GORE Tethered Drone Cables.
PROVEN PERFORMANCE ACROSS COMMERCIAL & DEFENSE APPLICATIONS
With proven unrivaled durable performance, GORE Tethered Drone Cables deliver unfailing data transmission, secure signals and high-voltage power in applications like:
- commercial photography
- electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) sensors
- industrial/land inspections
- intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR)
- signals intelligence
- video streaming
The fiber can also function as a reliable low-loss coaxial cable for applications that transmit and receive data like:
- line-of-sight communication
- mesh drone networks
- rural network connectivity
- temporary cell towers
- video streaming
If you have any questions or to discuss your specific application needs, contact a Gore representative today.
Features & Benefits
GORE Tethered Drone Cables are engineered with unique features that make them more durable against challenging environmental factors and operating conditions, including:
- crush- and abrasion-resistant materials
- chemically inert, weather-proof materials
- low-friction fiber braid cable jacket
- smaller, lighter weight cable diameters
Our cables provide system architects and engineers with many benefits that improve electrical, mechanical and environmental performance such as:
- more design options and extra payload with reduced size/weight
- less weight pickup for more stability in harsh fluids than nylon cables
- withstand abrasion, weather, terrain, extreme temperatures, repeated reeling, more
- proven crush-resistant fiber optic cable meets ARINC 802-3 requirements
- deliver continuous high-voltage power, secure signals, high-bandwidth data transfer
- easier handling, less maintenance, extended product life, fewer cable replacements
- selected samples with short lead times for prototyping and evaluation
- low risk based on validated product performance in real-world conditions
For more information about the features and benefits of our cables or to discuss your specific application needs, contact a Gore representative today.
These values demonstrate the electrical, mechanical and environmental performance of GORE Tethered Drone Cables for commercial and defense.
|Electrical Property||Power Pair||Data Pair||Fiber Optic|
|Operating Voltage (Vrms)a||600||250||—|
|Testing Voltage (Vrms)||1500||1500||—|
|Maximum Optical Loss at 1310 nm (dB/km)||—||—||0.35|
|Maximum Optical Loss at 1550 nm (dB/km)||—||—||0.20|
a Based on a NEMA HP3 wire.
|Mechanical / Environmental Property||Power Pair||Data Pair||Fiber Optic|
|Jacket Material||Engineered Fluoropolymer Fiber Braid|
|Insulation Color||Gray / White||Blue / White||Brown|
|Insulation Wall Thickness mm (in)||0.14 (0.006)||0.14 (0.006)||—|
|Conductor||Silver-Plated Copper||Silver-Plated Copper||—|
|Mode Type (µm)||—||—||Single (900)|
|Core / Cladding / Coating||—||—||8 / 125 / 245|
|Coating Type||—||—||High Temperature Acrylate|
|Dielectric Material||ePTFE / PTFE|
|Crush / Impact Resistanceb
(ARINC 802-3) / kgf/cm (lb/in)
|Tensile Strengthb N (lb)
|Scrape Abrasion Resistanceb (Cycles)
(SAE AS4373™) / 500 g (1.1 lb)
|Fluid Immersion / Weight Stabilityb
(AS4373 / % Absorption)
< 1 (Salt Water, Diesel) / < 2.5 (Hydraulic)
|Cold Bend Resistanceb (SAE AS4373™)||Pass|
|Temperature Range (°C)||-60 to +200||-60 to +200||-60 to +85c|
b Testing based on size 22 AWG.
c Attenuation may increase above 85°C.
GORE Tethered Drone Cables for commercial and defense have undergone substantial qualification testing to ensure they meet the most current industry standards and our customers’ requirements.
- ARINC 802-3; Performance Requirements
- SAE AS4373™: Test Methods for Insulated Electric Wire
For more information about the qualifications of our cables, contact a Gore representative today.
Watch Gore engineers in these videos and more on YouTube demonstrating the benefits of GORE Tethered Drone Cables.
Learn More About Gore Tethered Drone Cables Or Order Now
Fly higher, see farther and do more with smaller, lighter GORE Tethered Drone Cables proven to last for as long as the drone remains in operation. Confirm the quality of our cables and their compatibility in your commercial or defense application by requesting complimentary samples, which are shipped within 48 hours.
For more information and to discuss your specific application needs, contact a Gore representative today. If you’re ready to order, contact one of our wire and cable distributors for in-stock availability.
April 3, 2022 - April 5, 2022
Come by Booth 305 to watch demonstrations so you can see the durability and flexibility of GORE® Aerospace Cables and Materials and how they continually outperform leading alternatives before and after installation and over time.
Posted September 14, 2021
Gore announced today several of its next-generation data cable products for aerospace and defense applications have earned an important qualification. The prestigious VG designation from the Bundeswehr, Germany’s unified armed forces as well as related civilian administrative and procurement organizations, is expected to facilitate further adoption of these cables for military use.
Posted September 10, 2021
Gore announced the expansion of its Coaxial Cables line for defense land system applications. The new product is smaller and lighter than previous offerings, yet capable of transmitting ultra-high-definition (UHD) 4K video with excellent shielding from radio frequency interference.
Posted April 26, 2021
Gore announced today it was named a Silver Supplier for exceptional performance and contributions to supply chain success in 2020 by BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems sector.
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- CAN Bus Cables for Defense Land Systems
- Quad Cables (Specialty Versions) for Defense Land Systems
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- HDMI Cables for Defense Land Systems
- DVI Cables (Digital Only) for Defense Land Systems
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- Coaxial Cables for Defense Land Systems
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- Hook-Up Wires for Defense Land Systems
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