Paragon contracted for NASA Flight Opportunities Program (FOP)
On this NASA-funded program, Paragon, together with our partners at World View Enterprises, Inc., will be offering two vehicle classes for specific payload mass ranges:
- Tycho-285, the larger of the two, will carry payloads up to 285 kg to altitudes of up to 43 km.
- Tycho-20, the smaller of the two, will launch payloads up to 20 kg to altitudes of 32 km. Note: Tycho-20 can also be configured to be launched to altitudes of 46 km.
The two-vehicle, Tycho Qualified Vehicle Family (QVF), combination allows Paragon to offer a cost-savings for small payload masses while also offering proven heavy-lift capability. The Tycho Payload User’s Guide (link below) provides an overview together with information detailing payload interfaces (mechanical, electrical, software), payload design and safety requirements, payload integration and de-integration processes, operations, etc.
Two NASA payloads have been selected for a flight opportunity in March 2015:
- T066-B Planetary Atmosphere Minor Species Sensor, Robert Peale, PhD, Univ. of Central Florida
- T124-B Gannon University Cosmic Ray Calorimeter, Nicholas Conklin, PhD, Gannon University
For more information visit flightopportunities.nasa.gov
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.
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.
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.
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.
The CST-100 (Crew Space Transportation) crew capsule is a spacecraft being designed by Boeing in collaboration with Bigelow Aerospace. It was initially funded via NASA’s Commercial Crew Development (CCDev) program. Its primary mission is to transport crew to the International Space Station and to private space stations such as the proposed Bigelow Aerospace Commercial Space Station. The CST-100 will be able to support crews of up to 7 and is designed to be able to remain on-orbit for up to seven months and fly up to ten missions. In August of 2012 Boeing received $460M under NASA’s Commercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCAP) Program to continue work on the spacecraft. Paragon is contracted to supply the Humidity Control Subassembly (HCS) for CST-100.
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 NASA’s 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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