Paragon Grand Opening of New Building and ECLSS Human-Rating Facility

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Paragon Space Development Corporation Announces The Grand Opening Of Its New Building And ECLSS Human-Rating Facility

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Tucson, AZ — Paragon Space Development Corporation announces the opening of its new facility in Tucson, Arizona with a ribbon cutting event on August 21st at 3pm. The new facilities accommodate the increased market demands in development and production of life support systems for extreme environments. The new facility houses a unique human rating facility for commercial space flights, manufacturing area for our patented space and underwater products and laboratory and office space to continue our leading edge research.

This 16,000+ sf new facility is complete with approximately 6,000 square feet devoted to an easy-access highbay, plus laboratories, workshop, bonded storage, and a ~240 square-foot class 10,000 clean room. The remainder of the building is used for Mission Monitoring Room, engineering design, conference room and offices.

The highbay also houses Paragon’s ECLSS Human-rating Facility, a 180 cubic-foot altitude chamber, capable of simulating cabin and spacecraft exterior air pressures throughout any flight profile. The chamber can test hardware in off-nominal scenarios that could not be performed in a flight vehicle.

The highbay, laboratory and workshop infrastructure contain standard prototyping tools and test equipment, including electrical diagnostic equipment. In addition, the labs house flow and material testing facilities with gas chromatographs, a temperature controlled chamber (-125°C to 150°C), bench-top vacuum chamber, microscopes, growth chambers, and standard instrumentation and equipment such as wet chemistry and environmental monitoring and control systems.

“The new facility will allow us to meet our present and future customer needs for designing, development, manufacturing, and specialty testing for the foreseeable future. This facility illustrates our confidence in the growing space, flight and underwater environmental and thermal control market,” said Taber MacCallum, CEO of Paragon.

“The Human Rating Facility will be one-of-a-kind in the aerospace world–able to perform end-to-end testing of suborbital and orbital spacecraft environmental control system,” said Grant Anderson, VP of Engineering. “Combined with our 200 foot capable depth chamber used to test diving system, we can truly test our systems from underwater to the vacuum of space. There’s no other company in the world that can do that all under one roof.”

Paragon, founded in 1993, is a full-service aerospace engineering and technology development firm specializing in life support in extreme environments. Paragon is a major supplier of environmental control and life support system and sub-system design for the aerospace industry with expertise in thermal control for orbiting and re-entering spacecraft and hyper-velocity aircraft. For more information, see: www.paragonsdc.com.


For more information, press only:
Carole Hammond, Paragon SDC 520-903-1000 ext 14
cleon@www.paragonsdc.com

Tucson’s Most Progressive Employers

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One of Tucson’s Most Progressive Employers

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TUCSON, AZ – Tucson based, Paragon Space Development Corporation was awarded the 2006 Workplace Excellence Grand Prize Award for Small Business in the Tucson area on February 15, 2006. Top companies from all around the Tucson area were nominated by the Arizona Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) State Council for their exceptional and innovative human resource practices.

The annual awards event, which was held at the Westin La Paloma, is dedicated to recognizing companies that have been nominated by their employees or members of the community for their exceptional employment practices.

“We at Paragon are committed to developing our employees’ skills and helping them successfully reach their professional and personal goals.” Taber MacCallum, CEO Paragon Space Development Corporation.

Paragon is a leader in life support, environmental control and thermal control systems designed for extreme environments such as space.

Paragon, founded in 1993, is a full-service aerospace engineering and technology development firm specializing in life support in extreme environments. Paragon is a major supplier of environmental control and life support system and sub-system design for the aerospace industry with expertise in thermal control for orbiting and re-entering spacecraft and hyper-velocity aircraft. For more information, see: www.paragonsdc.com.


For more information, press only:
Carol Leon, Paragon SDC 520-903-1000 ext 14
cleon@www.paragonsdc.com

Paragon Reaches for the Stars

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Tucson Company Continues to Reach For The Stars

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TUCSON, Ariz. — In response to proposals submitted to NASA and the Navy, three Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) contracts were recently awarded to Tucson-based Paragon Space Development Corporation. These contracts help Paragon develop technologies that will be a key to the future of space and homeland defense applications, such as advanced thermal control systems and regulated external breathing apparatuses for diving applications in chemical agent environments .

The two SBIR Phase One contracts from NASA will develop technology that may be used in space vehicles and manned lunar bases.

Taber MacCallum, CEO of Paragon, says the first NASA SBIR is the "Integrated Radiator" project that will develop a space radiator that can be designed into the main structure of a spacecraft. Traditionally, radiators are simply added to the outer "skin" of the vehicle. "By performing the double duty of cooling as well as supporting the spacecraft loads, the overall vehicle can be lighter and, therefore, cheaper," MacCallum said.

"The second NASA SBIR is called the ‘Enhanced Vapor Compression Cycle’ or ‘Enhanced VCC’ for short. With it, Paragon will investigate and build a highly efficient way of removing heat from things that get too hot in space."

MacCallum goes on to explain that, "thermal control" is one of the primary challenges facing any space endeavor, from small satellites, to the International Space Station. This technology will allow spacecraft to be safer and less expensive spacecraft and will be important in future lunar base designs.

The single Navy SBIR Phase Two award has direct application for homeland security application in the area of chemical warfare agent protection. By providing "space suit-like" isolation and life support for divers in contaminated waters, they can perform their tasks longer and without threat to their own health.

Paragon has earned a stellar reputation from major aerospace companies and government agencies based on the high quality and professionalism of both its employees and the work it performs. In the past 10 years, Paragon has had a wide variety of contracts in the aerospace industry. They are currently designing the Environmental Control, Life Support and Active Thermal Control systems on the Lockheed-Martin team competing for NASA’s next manned spacecraft.

ABOUT PARAGON SPACE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
(www.paragonsdc.com)

A woman-owned small business founded in 1993, Paragon Space Development Corporation integrates systems engineering with human factors, risk management, chemistry, and biology for high technology endeavors in water, on land and in space.


Paragon contact: Ken Davidian.
Mailing Address: 2700 East Executive Drive, Suite 100, Tucson, AZ 85706.
Phone: 520-903-1000 ext. 14.
Fax: 520-903-2000.
Email: kdavidian@www.paragonsdc.com.
For more information, see: www.paragonsdc.com.

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Paragon, “Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch”

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Paragon Space Development Corporation Honored as One of 2008 “Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch”

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TUCSON, Arizona, September 8 – Paragon Space Development Corporation has been recognized as one of the 2008 Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch. Paragon will be honored at an awards ceremony during the second annual Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch event, November 11 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

“Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch awardees are one of the reasons that Arizona leads the country in economic growth. Through the efforts of great employees who deliver innovative products and services, these companies are growing at over four times the national average!” says Joan Koerber-Walker, CEO of the Arizona Small Business Association. “ASBA is proud to be supporting this growing community of excellent companies. It’s about time they got the recognition they so richly deserve,” Koerber-Walker adds.

“Paragon’s growth is a direct result of our long term investments in R&D and steady focus on our strategic goals. We are planning for continued growth as our traditional market expands and we enter new markets,” said Lance Bush, PhD CSO of Paragon.

Paragon, founded in 1993, is a full-service aerospace engineering and technology development firm specializing in life support in extreme environments. Paragon is a major supplier of environmental control and life support system and sub-system design for the aerospace industry with expertise in thermal control for orbiting and re-entering spacecraft and hyper-velocity aircraft. For more information, see: www.paragonsdc.com.

Companies considered for the Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch list must be second-stage companies, defined as having 10 to 100 full-time-equivalent employees and generating $750,000 to $100 million in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants. In addition, the companies must be privately held and headquartered in Arizona.

Judges evaluated the companies for their demonstrated intent and capacity to grow based on one or more of the following

Employee or sales growth.
Exceptional entrepreneurial leadership.
Sustainable competitive advantage.
Other notable factors that showcase the company’s success.
Information about Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch can be found at www.asba.com.

The 2008 Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch Awardees will be honored at the third annual awards ceremony November 11 the Phoenix Convention Center from 6-9 p.m. In addition, five companies will receive the Spotlight Awards in the following areas: Company Culture, Customer Service, Change/Innovation, Community and Commerce at the event. Until then, it is top secret.

Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch is presented by ASBA (the Arizona Small Business Association), Arizona’s number one business association in collaboration with the Edward Lowe Foundation. The Edward Lowe Foundation supports entrepreneurship through research, recognition and educational programs, which are delivered through entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs) like ASBA, with a focus on second-stage companies.


For more information, press only:
Carole Leon, Paragon SDC 520-903-1000 ext 14
cleon@www.paragonsdc.com

Paragon one of America’s 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

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Paragon Space Development Corporation listed in Inc. Magazine as one of America’s 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies

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TUCSON, Arizona, August 20 – Paragon Space Development Corporation, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona was listed as one of the fastest growing companies by Inc. Magazine. The listing revealed that Paragon is ranked number 1,148 in the nation, with 2007 revenue of $5.8 million, 53 employees and a 3-year growth of 326.00%.

“We are honored to be recognized for the growth we have had over the past couple of years. It is especially important when working in such a highly competitive industry” said Taber MacCallum, CEO of Paragon.

Inc.com, the online arm of Inc. magazine today, announced its annual ranking of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and a list of the fastest-growing companies that can be sorted by industry and region, can be found at www.inc5000.com.

The 2008 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based and privately held, independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2007, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004, and $2 million in 2007.

“Our second annual Inc. 5000 continues the most ambitious project in business journalism,” said Inc. 5000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. “The Inc. 5000 gives an unrivalled portrait of young, underreported companies across all industries doing fascinating things with cutting-edge business models, as well as older companies that are still showing impressive growth.”

Paragon, founded in 1993, is a full-service aerospace engineering and technology development firm specializing in life support in extreme environments. Paragon is a major supplier of environmental control and life support system and sub-system design for the aerospace industry with expertise in thermal control for orbiting and re-entering spacecraft and hyper-velocity aircraft. For more information, see: www.paragonsdc.com.


For more information, press only:
Carole Leon, Paragon SDC 520-903-1000 ext 14
cleon@www.paragonsdc.com

Paragon Opens Washington, DC Office

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Paragon Opens Washington, DC Office

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TUCSON, Arizona, August 1 – Paragon Space Development Corporation, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona announces the opening of their Washington DC office, expanding now to four locations including, Denver and Houston.

Dr. Lance Bush is the head of the Washington office and is now the Chief Strategic Officer of Paragon. Dr. Bush has significant experience in Washington and with the space community, having served with NASA for almost 20 years and at NASA Headquarters in a role spanning human spaceflight, life sciences, commercialization and international relations. Dr. Bush previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Paragon and is thrilled to bring his experience to this new position.

Taber MacCallum, CEO of Paragon, stated: “Paragon strives to exceed its customer’s expectations and we want to be vertically integrated with our customers and their leadership in the Washington area. We are proud that our customers have continued to appreciate our work, helping us grow to this level and we hope this new office will extend our service to them even further.”

Paragon was recently honored by Popular Science Magazine for their invention of the contaminated-water dive system, developed for the US Navy. Paragon’s innovation in the dive system for an extreme environment is a contributing factor for their growth in the space industry. Paragon invests in a broad range of R&D for extreme environments. Paragon, as a subcontractor to Oceaneering, helped win the contract award for the Constellation Space Suit and also supports Lockheed Martin for the Orion program.

Paragon, founded in 1993, is a full-service aerospace engineering and technology development firm specializing in life support in extreme environments. Paragon is a major supplier of environmental control and life support system and sub-system design for the aerospace industry with expertise in thermal control for orbiting and re-entering spacecraft and hyper-velocity aircraft. For more information, see: www.paragonsdc.com.


For more information, press only:
Carole Leon, Paragon SDC 520-903-1000 ext 14
cleon@www.paragonsdc.com

NASA honors Paragon for Innovative Research

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NASA Hallmark Success Story
NASA honors Paragon for Innovative Research

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TUCSON, Arizona, April 21 – Paragon Space Development Corporation has been highlighted by NASA as a Hallmark Success Story for successful technology development under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. The video was developed by NASA’s Langley Research Center’s SBIR STTR Office and highlights Paragon’s work on a number of NASA funded projects. View the video.

“We greatly appreciate NASA’s recognition of the contributions and capabilities that small and medium businesses bring to Constellation and the Vision for Space Exploration,” said Taber MacCallum, CEO of Paragon Space Development Corporation of Tucson, Arizona.

In recent years, Paragon has worked on several projects that benefit NASA and the space community. Through a NASA-funded SBIR grant, Paragon used its unique thermal analysis and structural design capabilities to develop a new, reduced-weight radiator system for use on America’s next-generation spacecraft, the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle as well as commercial vehicles. NASA is likely to rely on such commercial space services during the interval between the retirement of the space shuttle and the initial flight of Orion and its Ares I launch vehicle. The innovation promises to potentially save the vehicle 30-60% of the mass of the structure and radiator that it would replace on a vehicle.

Paragon Space Development Corporation, founded in 1993, is a full-service aerospace engineering and technology development firm. Paragon is a major supplier of environmental control and life support system and sub-system design for the aerospace industry with expertise in thermal control for orbiting and re-entering spacecraft and hyper-velocity aircraft. For more information, see: www.paragonsdc.com.


For more information, press only:
Carole Leon, Paragon SDC 520-903-1000 ext 14
cleon@www.paragonsdc.com

Paragon is Tibbetts Award Winner

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Paragon Space Development Corporation to be Honored as
Tibbetts Award Winner

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Washington, D.C. — Paragon Space Development Corporation of Tucson, Arizona has been selected as one of the winners of the 2007 Tibbetts Awards. Paragon Space Development Corporation will receive the award on Oct. 10 at the Westin Washington City Center, located at 1400 M Street NW in Washington, D.C.

Named for Roland Tibbetts—the person acknowledged as the father of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program—these prestigious national awards are made annually to those small firms, projects, organizations and individuals judged to exemplify the best in SBIR achievement. Paragon Space Development Corporation is one of 55 U.S. companies to receive this award. This year Paragon was selected from more than 4,000 companies to receive contracts and grants under the SBIR Program.

SBIR provides Paragon with a unique vehicle for innovative technology, positioning Paragon as a key provider of Environmental Control & Life Support Systems. SBIR enables Paragon to significantly contribute to otherwise cost-prohibitive endeavors such as those pursued by NASA. SBIR provides Paragon with funding not generally available in small business budgets to research, develop, and test the Navy contaminated water diving system, spacecraft hardware, an expensive and complex enterprise. SBIR also provides the opportunities to coordinate with NASA to ensure the research is meaningful, guaranteeing a more commercially attractive product. Finally, SBIR supports internal R&D resources, enabling Paragon’s dedication to advanced technology development. Given the cost and time commitments required for spacecraft hardware development, SBIR support has been, and remains, critical to the success of Paragon’s pioneering technology development and commercialization.

The combination of funding, customer coordination by the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative, and relationship building makes SBIR valuable. Through SBIR, Paragon was able to create a fully tested integral radiator design, demonstrate its skill set in radiator technology development while gaining visibility within the aerospace industry. This also strengthened its relationship with NASA. Paragon’s significant role of providing mission critical subsystems, such as the heat rejecting radiators for the Orion Spacecraft, the Space Shuttle replacement (the vehicle that will carry American astronauts back to the Moon and on to Mars) is the Phase III SBIR. SBIR support has allowed Paragon to become a leader in spacecraft radiator technology development, a difficult task considering the financial constraints and limited opportunities within a small commercial sector.

Paragon Space Development Corporation is a woman-owned small business and full-service aerospace engineering and technology development firm. We are a major supplier of Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) and subsystem design for the aerospace industry. We are also experts in thermal control, both for spacecraft on orbit and during re-entry, and hyper-velocity aircraft. We are a leader in the integration of systems engineering with human factors, risk management, and business processes for high technology endeavors in water, on land, and in space.

The complete list of winners can be found at tibbettsawards.org.


For more information contact Leslie Melton at Paragon Space Development Corporation at 520-903-1000 extension 41 or Jere Glover with the Small Business Technology Council at 202-662-9700.

Since its inception in 1995, SBTC (sbtc.org) has played a crucial role in promoting congressional legislation and federal regulations that aid small, technology-based companies—including re-authorization of the SBIR program.

Governors Celebration Of Innovation Award Finalists

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Governors Celebration Of Innovation Award Finalists Selected For Their Innovation And Impact On Arizonas Technology Community

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Winners will be Announced at the Awards Ceremony December 6 and Will Commemorate Arizona’s Top Technological and Business Achievements

Tempe, Arizona – (September 27, 2007) –The Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Commerce, announced today the following companies have been chosen as finalists for the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation in their respected categories. The award recipients were selected by an independent selection committee comprised of local business and academic leaders, based on their contribution to the business and technology community and their technological innovation. One company, within each category, will be announced as the winner on the night of the awards gala.

The award categories and finalists are as follows:


The Pioneering Innovation Award

  • Global Solar Energy
  • Iridium Satellite, LLC
  • ESS

The Innovator of the Year Award

Note: “Innovator of the Year” distinction is comprised of four levels.

Innovator of the Year Award – Start-up

  • iMemories
  • MSDx LLC
  • MedApps, Inc.

Innovator of the Year Award- Small Company

  • Inilex, Inc.
  • LifeLock
  • Paragon Space Development Corporation

Innovator of the Year Award- Large Company

  • Intel Corporation
  • Axway
  • Raytheon Missile Systems

Innovator of the Year Award- Academia

  • BiO5 Institute at The University of Arizona
    • Project: BIO5 Drug Discovery and Development Initiative
  • The University of Arizona
    • Phoenix Mars Mission
  • Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University
    • Project: Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology

William F. McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year Award

  • Terree Parlett Wasley
  • ASU Technopolis
  • Bob Horn
  • Cybernetic Research Laboratories, Inc.
  • Brian Mueller
  • University of Phoenix/Apollo Group, Inc.

Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year Award

  • Chuck Vermillion, President
  • One Neck IT Services, Corp.
  • Vicki L. Chandler, PhD
  • BIO5 Institute at The University of Arizona
  • James H. Hooker, President and CEO
  • Televerde

Pioneering Innovation Award

  • Global Solar Energy
  • Iridium Satellite, LLC
  • ESS

Young Innovator of the Year Award Winners

The “Best of the Best” of the Arizona Engineering and Science Fairs (grades 9-12) for the year 2006. Each of these students will receive a $1000 scholarship to further enhance their education.

  • Edward Lee – ’07- ’08 Senior
    Hamilton High School- Chandler, Arizona
    Category: Engineering
    Sub-category: Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
    Project: A Universal Unique and Efficient Heating & Cooling System for Industrial and Commercial
    Use: A Mathematically Rigorous Approach
  • Parker Owan – ’07- ’08 Senior
    Home-Schooled
    Category: Energy & Transportation
    Sub-category: Aerodynamics
    Project: Maximizing Wind Power: Considering the Effects of Solidarity and Wing Shape on the Performance of a Vertical Axis Wind Turbine
  • William Guarino – College Freshman
    Salpointe Catholic High School – Tucson, Arizona
    Category: Engineering
    Sub-category: Materials Science
    Project: A Lighter Metal: High Cycle Fatigue Strength of a new AZ91D-F Magnesium/7075-T651 Aluminum Composite
  • Niles Frazier – College Freshman
    Tucson High School- Tucson, Arizona Tech Council
    Category: Cellular & Molecular Biology
    Sub-category: GENE
    Project: Optimization of Sense-RNAi Efficiency

Teacher of the Year Award:

Timothy J. Barry
Salpointe Catholic HS
1545 E Copper Street
Tucson, AZ 85719-3199
Courses taught: Honors Chemistry. Organic Biochemistry, Science Research


About the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation

The Governor’s Celebration of Innovation was established in 2003 by combining two technology award ceremonies: the High Tech Industry Cluster’s 17-year student awards ceremony and the Arizona Software and Internet Association’s 10-year “Celebration of Innovation”. With the addition of the Governor’s support, the Governor’s Celebration of Innovation has become the premier technology community gathering of its kind in Arizona. The inaugural Governor’s Celebration of Innovation took place in November 2003 and was a colossal success with over 1,200 in attendance.


About Arizona Technology Council

The Arizona Technology Council’s vision is for Arizona to be recognized as a top-tier center for technology-based industries and businesses with an education system that produces a best-of-class 21st century workforce. The Council’s mission is to drive partnerships, policies and programs that advance the business climate for Arizona’s technology community. The Arizona Technology Council is the largest member-driven technology association in the state representing the interests of over 200,000 employees across more than 500 of the leading technology companies their support firms, educational institutions and state-wide economic development groups that collectively form Arizona’s technology community. For more information, visit aztechcouncil.org.


About Arizona Department of Commerce

Collaborating with economic development partners statewide, the Arizona Department of Commerce works to create jobs, expand the tax base, increase per capita income and promote a globally competitive business environment. The agency provides reliable information and research, community assistance, targeted business attraction and development coupled with strategic workforce development. Nationally and internationally, the Department of Commerce promotes Arizona assets: a growing, high-tech workforce; competitive operating environment; easy access to major markets; affordable, available real estate; reliable utilities; abundant natural resources and an unmatched quality of life. For more information, visit azcommerce.com.