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Apollo anniversary highlighted at IMS 2019

12th June 2019
Alex Lynn

At IMS 2019 earlier this month, W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore), who played a key role in the Apollo 11 mission, featured their Apollo story and artifacts. Additionally, Gore showcased products for 5G and aerospace & defense testing, preferred solutions because they can dependably operate at higher frequencies, perform reliably over time, and survive when it really matters.

Gore’s contributions to space exploration began very early in its history. In just ten years, the company went from a Delaware basement where the company was founded in 1958, to the moon with multiple products contributing to the success of the July 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. Gore wire and cable supported getting men to the moon, was involved in the seismographic experiments on the moon, and helped the astronauts to navigate back home.

From the first seismographic testing on the moon through today, Gore has maintained a commitment to product performance in many businesses, including aerospace and semiconductor industries, to name a few. In the 50 years since the Apollo 11 mission, Gore has supported more than 100 spaceflight programs, including manned spaceflight programs and satellites that provide communications and scientific benefits to the world. Throughout all, Gore products have had a 100% success-rate in space.

Gore’s marketing communications leader, Jennifer Haupt, said: “Our 60 years of material science expertise has allowed us to create products with distinct properties well suited for aerospace, as well as for many other applications that cross a variety of industries. During this anniversary year, we are highlighting our involvement with this historic event as a way to demonstrate our legacy not only in space exploration but also our continued efforts in materials science that are making a difference today and into the future.” 

5G testing continues to bring increased complexity, with higher frequency test components above six gigahertz and more ports to address. Multiple functions are integrated into a component and frequent calibration is required. At the same time, tests need to deliver highly accurate measurements for faster throughput, less calibration and downtime, and reduced overall costs. 

To address these demanding requirements, Gore offers GORE PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies (the ‘purple cables’), a small, light, and internally ruggedised assembly for modular, multi-port, and multi-site test applications. 

Gore’s product specialist Renee Burba, said: “Our purple cables are reliable, durable, and flexible. This is so crucial for our customers working with 5G applications. We continue to focus on making test assemblies that allow our customers to trust the test.” 

Defence and aerospace testing is another area where Gore will feature innovative solutions such as GORE PHASEFLEX Microwave/RF Test Assemblies. Testing aircraft systems is critical. “We continue to play a key role in educating our aerospace customers on testing best practises within Aerospace,” stated Gore Product Specialist Chris Ericksen. “I tell them you can’t trust the performance if you can’t trust the test.”

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