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|Paracord originated in World War II as (you
guessed it) … the suspension cord that paratroopers used in
their parachutes. Parachute cord (aka paracord or 550 cord) is a
lightweight nylon rope with multiple layers of cord and nylon
string that can hold up to 550 lbs. of weight. Once in the
field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks.
Despite the historic association of paracord with airborne
military units, virtually all US military branches and units
have access to the cord because of its many uses. After the
military authorized its use by the general public, outdoor
enthusiasts around the world quickly realized the versatility
and of the paracord. In more recent times, 550 paracord was even
used by astronauts during the second Space Shuttle mission to
repair the Hubble Space Telescope in 1997!