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Baton Rouge business could build equipment used by NASA

Kevin Kelly, Mezzo Technologies (Source: WAFB) Kevin Kelly, Mezzo Technologies (Source: WAFB)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The world of car racing and space exploration have something in common, and believe it or not, it is a business in Baton Rouge.The company is Mezzo Technologies, and Monday, NASA officials toured the company that has been building high performance radiators with it's micro-tube technology for the past five years.

These micro-tube heat exchangers may hold the key to keeping astronauts and all their electronic equipment from overheating in the harsh confines of outer space.

The system is still in the research phase, but things are looking up.

"If we are able to successfully demonstrate this technology on the International Space Station, it would turn into more of a production-scale thing for our future exploration vehicles," said Ryan Stephan with NASA.

"I've had enough unsuccessful projects over the years to know you don't count your chickens till the very end, but from what I see right now, I think we've got more than a fighting chance of this thing ending up being something useful for NASA," said Kevin Kelly, President of Mezzo Technologies.

Mezzo still has to work out a few kinks in the cooling system, so as of now, there is no scheduled launch date, but both NASA and Mezzo are optimistic we could have a hunk of Baton Rouge in space in the future.

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