Combining power & fibre optic cables with durable, lighter-weight materials in a hybrid solution
W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) introduces a new cable option for tethered drones used in the military, along with Gore’s collection of high-performance cables, materials and fabrics, at AUSA on booth #3115. GORE Tethered Drone Cables strike a balance by combining power and fibre optic cables with durable, lighter-weight materials in a hybrid solution that provides significant benefits. These high-performance cables maximise Tether Management System (TMS) availability, provide more design options and payload, and enable greater drone operational capability.
GORE Tethered Drone Cables have a unique design that significantly reduces size and weight without sacrificing mechanical durability and electrical performance. “They have a dielectric that is 20% smaller than standard nylon cables, which means they take up less space inside the TMS system,” the company states. “Gore’s cables are also proven to provide greater weight stability in harsh fluids compared to standard nylon cables, further increasing design/payload options and operating height.”
Gore’s cables are engineered with high-strength and weather-proof materials that withstand crushing, abrasion, repeated reeling, extreme temperatures, humidity, rain, snow, and tough terrain. The single-mode fibre optic cable meets ARINC 802-2 requirements and is proven to provide a high level of crush resistance with low insertion loss, ensuring a secure data link from the drone to the ground support equipment (GSE). In addition, Gore’s patent-pending fibre braid cable jacket is low friction and resists abrasion induced during operation or by the TMS. This low-friction jacket also makes it easier to handle Gore’s tethered drone cables compared to standard nylon cables.
Typical applications include: search and rescue; industrial and land inspections; telecommunications; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) sensors; and signals intelligence.
For decades, Gore’s products have been used successfully in many aerospace and defence applications — from the first moon landing to today’s International Space Station, commercial airliners, fighter jets, combat vehicles and naval platforms. Gore has been a trusted partner to the aerospace industry and many branches of the military, delivering cables and materials with an optimal blend of durability, reliability and flexibility.