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Due to operating conditions in space that are the harshest imaginable, space programs must have complete confidence that the cables connected to critical systems will continue to perform under that stress. And because repairs are not easy to make outside of planet Earth, these cables must not only be rugged but also boast decades of proven success. That’s where GORE® Space Cables for Traditional Space Applications from W. L. Gore & Associates come into play.
Improve Power Delivery Among Electrical Systems
Reliable power is essential for a successful mission. The cables that deliver the power are just as critical as the power-generating systems; without reliable cables, the power-generating systems can’t do their jobs.
GORE Space Cables, Type SPP for high-current applications provide the utmost in reliability, and their robust design and copper conductors allow for easy installation in tight spaces. Approved to ESA/SCC 3901/017 specifications and listed on the ESA QPL (Qualified Parts List), our space cables ensure that consistent power is delivered safely and reliably.
The Science Behind the Cables
The key to the outstanding performance of our space cables for high-current applications is the proprietary material used in the cable insulation: expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE). We have created a hybrid insulation that makes the cable more flexible and easier to strip. These features make it easier to install the cables without compromising the quality of the power distribution. Additionally, the cables provide outstanding ATOX resistance and function reliably in temperatures ranging from -200°C to +200°C.
GORE Space Cables, Type SPP for high-current applications are highly reliable and easy to install in:
- manned/unmanned space missions
- high-current power supply
- spacecraft harnesses
- transfer vehicles
Many spacecrafts have relied upon the cables, including:
- ENVISAT satellite
- Galileo satellite
- Globalstar satellite
- INTEGRAL satellite
- XMM 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’s Type SPP space cables for high-current applications feature:
- nickel-plated copper conductors
- different gauge sizes for a variety of applications
These features benefit manufacturers and users on space flights by offering:
- outstanding performance from proprietary hybrid insulation
- excellent ATOX resistance
- improved installation with easier crimping, greater flexibility and tighter bend radius
- valued reliability delivered from an ESA-qualified and a DIN EN ISO 9001:2008-certified manufacturing facility
- qualification for ESA/SCC 3901/017
Additionally, we offer sales and technical support from Gore’s worldwide engineering team. If you have any questions about the features and benefits of our space cables, please contact us
All GORE Space Cables, Type SPP for high-current applications meet these technical specifications and are listed on the ESA QPL. See ordering information [link to Ordering] for the technical data specific to each cable.
|Maximum Operating Voltage||600 V RMS|
|Conductor||Nickel-plated copper, true concentric|
|Insulation||Double layer: Expanded PTFE + polyimide|
|Conductor construction||Concentric nickel-plated copper|
|Temperature Range||-200°C to +200°C|
GORE Space Cables, Type SPP for high-current applications are available in three variants.
When ordering, specify ESCC3901017XXB with the ‘XX’ being the appropriate variant number. For more information, please contact us.
|No. of Cores||1||1||1|
|Wire Size (AWG)||0||4||8|
|No. of Strands x Diameter (mm)||19 x 55 x 0.254||19 x 7 x 0.454||19 x 7 x 0.287|
|Maximum Diameter (mm)||10.5||6.5||4.2|
|Nominal Section (mm2)||53.0||22.0||8.6|
|Maximum Resistance (Ω /km)||0.38||0.91||2.38|
|Shield Strand Diameter (mm)||—||—||—|
|Core Maximum Diameter (mm)||—||—||—|
|Finished Wire or Cable Characteristics|
|Maximum Diameter (mm)||11.8||7.7||5.3|
|Maximum Weight (kg/km)||542.0||232.0||98.0|
Learn more about GORE Space Cables, Type SPP for high-current applications in a brochure and a data sheet providing specifications, features and benefits, and typical applications.
FOR INDUSTRIAL USE ONLY
Not for use in food, drug, cosmetic or medical device manufacturing, processing, or packaging operations.