Company's material used in International Space Station
If you're attending the Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo this spring (May 17-18 in Milwaukee), you'll likely see old companies and new. One of those is Varflex, who has been in the news recently for some of its applications. You might've heard that the International Space Station is set to be decommissioned. NASA announced plans as part of its fiscal year 2024 budget proposal this month to develop the tug to help deorbit the station at the end of its life in 2030. NASA is seeking $180 million in 2024 to start work on the tug, and anticipates spending as much as $1 billion to build it.
"Thank you to the International Space Station for sending this incredible picture of our tightly woven fiberglass sleeving," Varflex says on its website, referring to a photo from 2022 shown below. "Our fiberglass is tightly woven substrate with a woven-in grid of graphite yarn to provide static dissipative performance. This product is silicone free. This material is primarily used in aerospace applications for space shuttles and international space stations."
Varflex manufactures electrical insulating sleevings suitable for a variety of high and low temperatures, high voltage and abrasive environments. Electrical insulated sleevings are made from braided fiberglass, both coated and uncoated sleevings. All sleevings are RoHS, REACH and Conflict Minerals compliant, meeting many military, UL, and CSA certifications. Although electrical applications are most common, Varflex braided sleevings can also be used to jacket wire small devices from intense heat, radiative environments, ultraviolet light, abrasion, flexing and intermittent exposure to chemicals.