Lanaco filter technology will be onboard Artemis 1 – travelling to the moon and back in November 2022.

The Artemis program is a US$35b human spaceflight program led by NASA to explore the moon. Their aim is for its first touchdown on the lunar south pole by 2024. If successful, the Artemis program will perform the first crewed lunar landing mission since Apollo 17 in December 1972, the final crewed expedition of the Apollo program.

Artemis 1 is the precursor to Artemis 2, which will take astronauts on the same mission in May 2024.

Lanaco engineers began working with the NASA Orion team back in 2018 and Lanaco filters were selected after an intense research program. The Lanaco filters on-board Artemis are deployed for critical emergency air protection systems in the the crew vehicle of the rocket.


Lanaco Head of Technology Dr. Shaun Tan (third from left) during a recent visit to the Johnson Space Centre in Houston.

The performance of the filters under test demonstrated its unique ability. It’s able to simultaneously filter out large and microscopic hot toxic particles in a wet environment over a sustained period. Where previous synthetic media would glaze over and become unusable in less than 10 minutes, the Lanaco filters on-board Artemis can extend system life over 6-fold. On a mission such as Artemis, this represents a game changing performance gain.

The same technology is deployed in all Lanaco filters and has dozens of applications. Especially where clean, easily breathable air is required under challenging conditions, including Lanaco masks.

NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket with the Orion spacecraft aboard on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo credit: NASA / Joel Kowsky

For in-depth information, read NASA’s Spinoff article.