Tucson’s aeronautics industry has been helping NASA put astronauts into space for years. Southern Arizona is home to numerous companies whose job is to build parts destined for space. Among these companies is Paragon Space Development Corporation. Paragon is currently building tubing that will be a part of NASA’s next generation of spacecraft: Orion.
Two NASA astronauts, Douglas Hurley and Rex Walheim, recently visited Paragon’s Tucson office.
They toured the facility and gave Paragon an update on the status of the Orion project.
“When we’re in between flights, we have various technical jobs in the astronaut office, and my job is to work with the Orion program,” Walheim said. “(A program that will send) humans farther into space than we ever have before. (And,) Paragon is one of the companies that is helping to make this spacecraft.”
Orion will take astronauts outside of low-Earth-orbit, a first for humans. It is the next step in traveling to places, such as Mars.
Paragon’s part in the project is to build tubing that will be used in the spacecraft’s environmental control and life support system.