Graphite Fiber Thermal Straps (GFTS®)

The World's Only Flexible, Carbon-Based Strap with Spaceflight Heritage

TAI provides the world's only graphite fiber thermal straps / links (GFTS®), and the only carbon-based thermal strap standard product line. GFTS® assemblies are the space industry's standard for lightweight, high conductance, flexible straps, and TAI alone has the GFTS® spaceflight heritage required by NASA, JAXA, and ESA.

Unlike Graphene and Pyrolytic Graphite Sheet (PGS) Straps/Links offered by TAI and others, GFTS® assemblies have been extensively space-qualified, and do not tear / are not catastrophically damaged by simple mishandling or typical vibration and shock profiles associated with launch and operational use. The average GFTS® assembly is also a fraction of the mass of metallic straps, and provides superior vibration damping, attenuation, and isolation, yet GFTS® program and unit costs are the same as competing aluminum and copper foil straps.

TAI manufactures hundreds of GFTS® Prototype, Proto-Flight (PF), and Flight Model (FM) units each year, and is currently filling 3rd and 4th round follow-on orders of FM straps for spaceflight programs like NASA's ORION Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.

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