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Gore Launches New Rugged, Low-Weight Tethered Drone Cables For Commercial & Military Applications At AUSA 2018

LANDENBERG, PA, OCTOBER 4, 2018 — W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) is pleased to offer a new, game-changing cable option for tethered drones used in the military and commercial applications. GORE® Tethered Drone Cables strike a balance by combining power and fiber optic cables with durable, lighter-weight materials in a hybrid solution that provides significant benefits. These high-performance cables maximize Tether Management System (TMS) availability, provide more design options and payload, and enable greater drone operational capability.

High Performance and Durability in Lightweight Package

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 percent smaller than standard nylon cables, which means they take up less space inside the TMS system. 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.

Better Protection for Longer Life

Gore’s rugged tethered drone cables deliver non-stop power, secure signals, and continuous data transmission over the drone’s lifetime. These 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 fiber 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 fiber 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: video streaming; news and events; commercial photography; search and rescue; industrial and land inspections; telecommunications; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) sensors; and signals intelligence.

Proven Track Record

For decades, Gore’s products have been used successfully in many aerospace and defense 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.

GORE® Tethered Drone Cables, along with Gore’s collection of high-performance cables, materials and fabrics, will be on display at the AUSA (Association of US Army) Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC on October 8-10, Booth 3115. Additional details can be found at gore.com/ausa2018.

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3 Responses to “Gore Launches New Rugged, Low-Weight Tethered Drone Cables For Commercial & Military Applications At AUSA 2018”

  1. b_rawrd says:

    I’m just gonna adds some competition and build a mini PTDS/aerostat that comes with an included backpack sized generator to inflate and deflate it

  2. Tom says:

    Does this carry power as well, or is it just data?