Paragon Space Development Corporation

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Paragon Space Development Corporation is a company in Tucson, Arizona.[1] It was founded by Jane Poynter, Taber MacCallum,[2] Grant Anderson, David Bearden and Alicia (Cesa) Pedersen. They have supplied hardware to more than 70 spaceflight missions, including ones to the International Space Station and Mir.[2] Products include a dish for cell/organ culture,[3] a sealed ecological system incorporating aquatic plants and other organisms,[4] and a facility for testing Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) equipment.[5] Some of their products also aim at non-space extreme environments, such as first responders and diving suits.[1] In 2010, as part of NASA's CCDev 1 program, Paragon was awarded $1.4 million to help develop their "plug-and-play" ECLSS.[6]

On February 27, 2013 Paragon announced its partnership with the Inspiration Mars Foundation to study a unique orbit opportunity for a crew to travel to Mars.[7] and back to Earth in only 501 days.[8]

On March 12, 2013, Paragon was contracted by Mars One to develop concepts for life support and spacesuits, with the goal of a manned colony on Mars.

In June, 2014, Paragon announced that its offshoot company, WorldView, successfully completed a scale-model test of the proposed tourist flights to nearspace. It uses a balloon to rise to 30 km (19 miles), then returns to Earth on a parafoil. Although not reaching space, the curvature of the Earth and the blackness of space can be seen. Commercial flights are expected to cost $75,000.[9]

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  1. ^ a b Paragon Space Development (2010 Inc. 5000, ranking #1229) 
  2. ^ a b Jennifer Vilaga (April 1, 2010), "Jane Poynter, cofounder of Paragon Space Development", Fast Company 
  3. ^ Woods, C. C. (2003), "Loss of T cell precursors after spaceflight and exposure to vector-averaged gravity", The FASEB Journal, doi:10.1096/fj.02-0749fje 
  4. ^ us 5865141 
  5. ^ Linrud, Christopher; Powers, Aaron; Gjestvang, Robert; MacCallum, Taber; Anderson, Grant (July 9, 2007), "ECLSS Human-Rating Facility for Testing & Development of New ECLSS Designs", International Conference On Environmental Systems, doi:10.4271/2007-01-3146 
  6. ^ "CCDev Information". NASA. July 20, 2010. 
  7. ^ http://mars-one.com/en/mars-one-news/press-releases/11-news/380-mars-one-contracts-paragon-for-mars-life-support-systems
  8. ^ http://www.space.com/19982-private-mars-mission-gallery-inspiration.html
  9. ^ "WorldView small scale test". Reuters. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 

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