How are NASA and New Zealand sheep related?

(ORDO NEWS) — NASA spends a lot of money buying wool from New Zealand fine-fleeced merino sheep in order to produce the most advanced and high-quality air filters. They are necessary for the development of space suits and air filtration systems on spacecraft.

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Air filters have already been installed on spacesuits for astronauts, which are to go to the moon in 2024 as part of the Artemis mission. In addition, wool was used in the assembly of the Orion spacecraft, which in 2021 will fly over a satellite unmanned.

“I could not imagine that one day they would call me from NASA and ask if I was selling wool from my sheep. Wool? Space missions? It was incredible and naturally I immediately agreed to the first deal,” recalled Nick Davenport, CEO of Lanaco sheep breeding company.

Lanaco’s management flew to Houston and met with NASA representatives to discuss all the details of cooperation and sign an agreement.

Now Nick Davenport needs not only to raise sheep, but also to follow some rules to maintain high quality.

“The wool of our sheep is an environmentally friendly, completely natural and irreplaceable product. These advantages have led us to collaborate with NASA, and we will make our contribution to the space industry,”  praised the success of Neil Davenport.


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