Paragon is a world leader in designing and manufacturing thermal control and life support systems. We have delivered biological life support systems to NASA and flown successful missions on the MIR, Space Shuttle and International Space Station. We continue our heritage of innovation, partnering with NASA, the DoD and industry to create advanced technologies for the most extreme environments.
Life Support System Products and Solutions
Paragon utilizes proprietary Life Support System models and a thorough knowledge of existing and next generation life support technologies to develop integrated system solutions for its customer's most challenging life support needs. Products and solutions include:
Paragon Commercial Crew Transport-Air Revitalization System (CCT-ARS)
CCT-ARS is a turnkey life support system built to meet or exceed NASA human flight safety standards, and serves the commercial crew transportation market. The highly integrated CCT-ARS performs the following primary life support functions for a crew of up to seven persons: 1) Carbon dioxide control, 2) Humidity control, 3) Trace contaminant control, 4) Post-fire atmospheric recovery, 5) Airborne particulate filtration, 6) Cabin air circulation, 7) Cabin air cooling. The CCT-ARS utilizes proven technologies and driving requirements that were developed with input from six commercial crew vehicle developers and NASA subject matter experts. The modularity of the system makes it conducive to commercial use in applications such as mine shelters and submarines.
Paragon Dive System™ Paragon is manufacturing a diving system for the United States Navy that isolates a diver in a space-suit like environment, completely protecting divers from contaminants and hazardous materials present in their surrounding environment. more »
Metabolic (heat regenerated) Temperature Swing Adsorption
Continuous carbon dioxide removal by an astronaut's portable life support system is accomplished by synergistically coupling metabolic heat rejection with adsorbent-based carbon dioxide removal. NASA has contracted with Paragon to develop the field-regenerable MTSA for future lunar and Martian astronaut excursions. more »
Solid Oxide Electrolysis
SOE is the only technology capable of truly regenerating over 100% of a human's oxygen needs without relying on additional externally-supplied consumables. Through a NASA Small Business Innovative Research contract, Paragon is developing SOE to be the next generation air revitalization system for use on the Moon, Mars and in transit to other destinations, freeing future astronauts to breathe easy on their missions of exploration. more »
Paragon is developing a line of life support technologies that produces potable water from a waste stream, even one that is highly polluted and acidic such as moisture in the engine exhaust from generators and vehicles. This technology has applications in human spaceflight, especially deep space missions. In addition, this technology is applicable to remote theaters of war in arid lands. The Department of Defense wants to use it for capturing drinking water from vehicle and generator exhausts, as the logistics and cost of supplying drinking water in remote theaters is high. There is no other product on the market that is able to perform this function.
Autonomous Biological Systems
Paragon has developed a patented autonomous system for maintaining experimental organisms used in microgravity life science experiments. It is entirely autonomous, with no moving parts and requires only light and temperature control to work. This has numerous advantages over other more complex systems which require pumps and feeding mechanisms. Paragon's Autonomous Biological System has flown on the U.S. Space Shuttle, the International Space Station and the Russian MIR Space Station, and has the distinction of being the first system in which animals completed multiple life cycles while in space.