Commitment to Excellence
Since our inception, Paragon has committed to developing innovative new solutions to fill life support and thermal control technology gaps in the ever evolving space, defense, and commercial marketplaces. We work every day with the understanding that while the difficult takes time, the impossible takes just a little longer.
Paragon’s expertise in engineering, design, analysis, and manufacturing, combined with our patented ECLSS Human-Rating Facility (EHF) and Testing Facilities, position the company as a leader in the development of innovative and affordable life support and thermal control solutions. Paragon has worked on every major human space flight program since 1993 and its hardware has flown on NASA spacecraft (Orion, Space Shuttle, and the International Space Station), foreign spacecraft (Soyuz and Mir) as well as commercial spacecraft.
From scientists, engineers, software developers, and technicians, Paragon is a hard charging company with an adventuresome spirit that was formed in 1993 to change the future by creating life support and thermal control systems that would allow humans to expand beyond their previously believed limits. Paragon “Firsts” include:
- The first commercial experiment on the International Space Station
- The first animals in space to perform complete life-cycles
- The first automated heliostat for use in a public building
- The first near-space jump over 135,000 feet – still a world record today
Our commitment to excellence has resulted in groundbreaking achievements, numerous patents and awards, and most importantly, exceptional value for our customers.
We invite you to learn more about Paragon: our people, products, projects and services.
As originally conceived, Paragon combined expertise in biology, chemistry, and aerospace engineering to develop superior life support and thermal control solutions for the human spaceflight market.
Paragon was founded by six principal partners including Grant Anderson, Taber MacCallum, Jane Poynter, Dave Bearden, Alicia (Cesa) Pedersen and Max Nelson.
Prior to co-founding Paragon, Grant was employed at Lockheed Martin, Sunnyvale, CA, Taber and Jane were members of Biosphere 2, Oracle, AZ, David was at the Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA (where he is still employed) and Cesa was a manager at Lockheed Martin. Taber served as CEO of Paragon from its inception until his move to serve as Chief Technology Officer of WorldView Enterprises, Inc., a company incubated by Paragon. Jane, formerly President and Chairman of the Board of Paragon, is now Chief Executive Officer of WorldView Enterprises, Inc.