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Paragon Space Development Corporation Completes All Development Milestones on the NASA Commercial Crew Development Program
TUCSON, Arizona: January 31, 2011 – Paragon Space Development Corporation
(Paragon), a leader in designing and manufacturing spacecraft thermal control and life
support systems, announces the successful completion of their Commercial Crew
Development (CCDev) Space Act Agreement with NASA for the design, manufacture, and test of the Commercial Crew Transport-Air Revitalization System (CCT-ARS). CCT-ARS has been developed by Paragon specifically for the commercial crew transportation market. It provides seven primary spacecraft life support functions in a highly integrated and reliable system: 1) Carbon dioxide removal, 2) Humidity removal, 3) Trace contaminant removal, 4) Post-fire atmospheric recovery, 5) Air filtration, 6) Cabin air circulation, and 7) Air temperature control. The highly productive and costeffective industry-government partnership concluded December 16, 2010 on budget and schedule, meeting all technical requirements.
“Working with commercial prime contractors and our NASA partners, we designed through PDR and manufactured and tested a high fidelity prototype of the core of the spacecraft’s Environmental Control and Life Support System in less than 10 months and with less than $1.5M of government investment. In addition to this system exceeding established budgetary and schedule expectations for the space industry, the CCTARS is an efficient, robust, and easily maintainable system. With insight and oversight provided by NASA under our CCDev Space Act Agreement, the CCT-ARS is designed to exceed all anticipated NASA Human Rating Requirements, especially in the areas of safety, engineering, and astronaut interfaces.” said Taber MacCallum, Chief Executive Officer of Paragon.
Partnering with five leading vehicle developers and six field-leading subcontractors, Paragon recently submitted a proposal in response to NASA’s CCDev2 solicitation. Under their proposed CCDev2 effort as well as other separately funded programs, Paragon will expand on the success of the CCT-ARS program in 2011 and build-out the other parts of the Environmental Control and Life Support System to provide the complete solution for their commercial crew transport customers.
ABOUT PARAGON: Paragon is the premier provider of environmental controls for extreme and hazardous environments. We design, build, test and operate premier life support systems and leading thermal control products for astronauts, contaminated water divers, and other extreme environment adventurers, as well as for unmanned space and terrestrial applications. Founded in 1993, Paragon is headquartered in Tucson, AZ, with additional offices in Houston, TX, Denver, CO and Washington, DC.