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Nan-Ooze was a thick gel composed of nanomachines.[1]

Design and Function

Nan-Ooze gel was made of millions[2] of nanomachines, sometimes used to be attached to scratches or irregularities on the surface of a ship. Using a heads-up display, it could be ordered to go rigid, and to solidify inside the scratches, locking the user's feet in place and anchoring them to the ship. However, this gel would make the user go slightly slower.[1]

When it became standard to coat ships with nanooze, it had been designed with the rule of not letting go of a handhold before another one is grabbed in mind, holding tightly to any body part attached to it.[2]



Sometime between 100 and 97 BX, Nan-Ooze was invented by the International Fleet's Weapons and Materials Research Division. Nan-Ooze was introduced by Mazer Rackham, when he and his breach team used it to anchor themselves to a derelict ship, intending to imitate a Formic ship. After the practice mission, Mazer and his breach team began designing a shield based off the the Nan-Ooze nanomachine technology to protect soldiers against Formic doilies.[1]

Children of the Fleet

By 2 AX Nan-Ooze was simply known as nanooze. It had become standard to coat all International Fleet ships and stations like Fleet School with the nanomachines. This standardization was not limited to IF infrastructure, however, as Juke Limited ships were also noted to have a nanooze coating.[2]