Current Projects


Boeing CCTS

Paragon is providing the CST-100 Humidity Control Subassembly (HCS) for cabin atmospheric humidity control of the Boeing Crew Space Transportation System (CCTS) and Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft.

Paragonís HCS is based on patent-pending humidity control technology developed under a NASA Commercial Crew Development 1 (CCDev1) Space Act Agreement designed to stimulate the private sector in the development of safe, reliable and cost-effective space transportation. The humidity control system is one of seven systems that comprise Paragonís Commercial Crew Transport-Air Revitalization System (CCT-ARS) which was developed through the flight Preliminary Design Review (PDR) in 2010 for commercial crew transport applications. Paragonís resulting CST-100 HCS meets Boeing needs as a robust, simple and low mass humidity control solution for a variety of applications. Boeingís CST-100 is being developed as part of NASAís Commercial Crew Program, which aims to resume U.S.-based flights to space by 2017. The CST-100 will transport up to seven passengers or a mix of crew and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) and other low-Earth orbit destinations.



Orion Passive Thermal Control

Paragon is supporting Lockheed Martin in the development and documentation of analytical models to support Project Orion passive thermal analysis effort.


Mars One

Paragon was contracted by Mars One to perform an initial conceptual design of the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) and Mars Surface Exploration Spacesuit System. During this study, Paragon will identify major suppliers, concepts, and technologies that exist today and can be used as the baseline architecture for further development. The ECLSS will provide and maintain a safe, reliable environment for the inhabitants, providing them with clean air and water. The surface suits will enable the settlers to work outside of the habitat and explore the surface of Mars.



WorldView

Offering a gentle, comfortable, and life-changing travel experience to the edge of space for private citizens; and affordable access to a range of near-space commercialization opportunities for researchers, private companies and government agencies, World View is pioneering a new era of discovery at the edge of space. Available today for unmanned commercial opportunities with an altitude threshold of 130,000 feet, and currently taking reservations for manned flights and private tours, World View is creating unprecedented access to the near-space environment. Paragon is contracted to be the life support system and vehicle developer.



Regenerable, heat-Abating, humidity-Neutralizing, Carbon dioxide Removal System (RANCOR)

This program aims to refine high-capacity, low-pressure carbon dioxide and water removal technologies to produce a lower maintenance, lighter weight Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) with reduced logistical burden. Such a system may be used in prolonged entry into immediately dangerous to life and health (IDLH) or Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) environments.



Coldplates

Lightweight, versatile closed loop coolant system that will provide a modular, adaptable thermal rejection system which can be applied to a variety of current and future vessels. COLDPLATES can be adapted to existing vehicles for immediate improvements in survivability and reliability, and then co-engineered to ensure that future boat acquisitions include COLDPLATES for maximum benefit and potential weight reduction. All boats fitted with COLDPLATES will have the ability to maintain maximum effectiveness without risk of damage or clogging of the cooling system.



Ceramic SOE/ESR (CSE)

Paragon and ENrG Incorporated (ENrG) are teaming to provide a solid oxide electrolysis (SOE) system with embedded Sabatier reactors (ESR) by leveraging a Corning all-ceramic, efficient, and low mass solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that remains leak-tight after hundreds of thermal cycles. The all-Ceramic SOE/ESR (CSE) system converts water/carbon monoxide/carbon dioxide into oxygen and methane. Applications include in situ resource utilization on the Moon and Mars to produce propellant and human-consumable oxygen as well as any life support system that requires 100% oxygen recycling capability.



NASA Constellation Space Suit

Paragon is partnered with Oceaneering Space Systems to build an exploration EVA space suit which will be demonstrated at ISS and will enable NASAís future exploration missions. Paragon is leading the thermal design and analysis effort, and is providing key components for the portable life support system.



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