Graphite Fiber Thermal Straps (GFTS™)

The Only Flexible Graphite / Carbon-Based Link with Space Flight Heritage

TAI provides the world's only flexible graphite fiber thermal straps / links (GFTS™). GFTS™ assemblies have become the space industry's standard for lightweight, high conductance, flexible thermal straps, and TAI alone has the GFTS™ space flight heritage required by NASA, JAXA, and ESA. Unlike graphene composite or pyrolytic graphite sheet (PGS) straps, GFTS™ assemblies have flight heritage, 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. They also weigh in at just a small fraction of the mass of equivalent copper rope, or metallic foil thermal straps, yet GFTS™ program and FM unit costs are the same as competing metallic foil straps, and more affordable than any other graphene composite or graphite strap available.Graphite Thermal Straps - OrionGraphite Thermal Straps

Pictured: (Left) ORION GFTS Assembly. (Right), ORION Capsule after successful test flight, 12/5/14. 

Though graphite/carbon thermal straps / "thermal shunts" / "thermal cables" have been studied since the late 1960's, TAI alone, perfected and fabricates the only graphite fiber thermal strap products.  We began research on, and built our first GFTS™ in 1995, and were later awarded USAF SBIR Ph I and follow-on Ph II programs (in 1996 & 1997), to further develop GFTS™ and thermally-conductive vibration isolation technology for cryocoolers. While GFTS™ technology has been studied for decades, it only recently gained international popularity with the launch of NASA's ORION and JAXA's ASTRO-H spacecraft, and after it's incorporation into the Boeing CST-100 Commercial Crew Spacecraft.

Because of the thermal conductance to mass ratio, and their unique vibration damping quality, GFTS™ have been used in a variety of advanced thermal management applications, both space and ground-based, in areas such as: antennas, satellite electronics boxes, radiators, cryocoolers, optics systems, cryogenic refrigerator compressors, communication & radar power electronic systems, and electromechanical systems. Our GFTS™ products have flight heritage, and have flown on NASA's ORION and JAXA's ASTRO-H programs, in addition to others, and several scheduled for launch in 2017 & 2018.

To view a gallery of several of our previous GFTS straps and space flight (FM) models used by JAXA, NASA, and other aerospace organizations, visit our:

 Previous GFTS™ Designs & Space Flight Models Gallery