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Company Information:

Company Name: Paragon Space Development Corporation
City: Tucson
State: AZ
Zip+4: -
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phone: (520) 382-4814

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $1,913,873.00 19
SBIR Phase II $6,725,608.00 11
STTR Phase I $69,784.00 1

Award List:

Diver Worn Equipment for Diving in Chemical/Biological, Toxic Industrial Chemical and Toxic Industrial Material (TIC/TIM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Grant A. Anderson, VP of Engineering
Award Amount: $69,590.00
Abstract:
"Recent events have highlighted the need to protect divers in working environments that have been contaminated with biological or chemical toxins and/or other hazardous materials (HAZMATs). Paragon Space Development Corporation (PSDC), with extensiveexperience in space suit design and diving… More

Griffin: A Sonobuoy Tube Launched Low Cost Expendable UAV

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Research Institution: Technology Development & Research I
Principal Investigator: David Bergeron, Senior Systems Analyst
Award Amount: $69,784.00
RI Contact: Sally Fernandez
Abstract:
This proposal is for the development of a Sonobuoy Tube Launched, Low Cost, and Expendable UAV called Griffin. Paragon Space Development Corp. (Paragon) and the Technology Development Research Institute (TDRI) have formed a uniquely capable team with demonstrated experience building and flying UAVs… More

INTEGRAL RADIATORS FOR NEXT GENERATION THERMAL CONTROL SYSTEMS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Grant A. Anderson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $68,788.00
Abstract:
The main goal of spacecraft thermal control systems is to maintain internal and external temperature within acceptable boundaries while minimizing impact on vehicle mass, complexity and operability. Paragon is proposing to develop an integrated radiator/structure design approach that will permit… More

High Efficiency Refrigeration Process

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David Bergeron, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,546.00
Abstract:
A refrigeration cycle is proposed for development which can reduce compressor work and increase cooling effect, by eliminating a portion of the irreversabilities associated with the reverse-rankine cycle refrigeration process. This process improves efficiency without the use of complex turbines,… More

Diver Worn Equipment for Diving in Chemical/Biological, Toxic Industrial Chemical and Toxic Industrial Material (TIC/TIM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Grant Andeson, VP Engineering
Award Amount: $600,000.00
Abstract:
Terrorist attacks (e.g. USS Cole, chemical and biological warfare) and accident recovery (e.g. TWA 800, Ehime Maru) can require extensive Navy dive operations in contaminated, hazardous environments. However, current diving equipment was not designed to operate in such conditions, much less protect… More

Solar Refrigeration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: David J. Bergeron III, Sr. Systems Analyst
Award Amount: $119,854.00
Abstract:
The Army Combat Feeding Equipment and Technology Team has identified the potential merits of using renewable energy to power the refrigeration unit for their 20-ft food containers. Using renewable energy can reduce both the operational and location footprint of these containers. Renewable energy… More

High Efficiency Refrigeration Process

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: David J. Bergeron, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $589,073.00
Abstract:
It has been proposed by NASA JSC studies, that the most mass efficient (non-nuclear) method of Lunar habitat cooling is via photovoltaic (PV) direct vapor compression refrigeration. This system uses a thermal radiator, a solar PV array, and a vapor compression refrigeration device. Such a system… More

Integral Radiators for Next Generation Thermal Control Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Grant A. Anderson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $588,816.00
Abstract:
Integral radiators integrate the primary structural system and the thermal rejection system into a dual function subsystem allowing for reduced weight. The design of these systems require a careful trade-off of thermal fluids, structural materials, thermal coatings and structural shape. The Paragon… More

Solid Oxide Electrolysis for Oxygen Production in an ARS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Christine Iacomini, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,964.00
Abstract:
Paragon Space Development Corporation proposes an innovative, efficient and practical concept that utilizes Solid Oxide Electrolysis for regenerative air revitalization. The concept is innovative because it safely eliminates handling of hydrogen, and works irrespective of gravity and pressure… More

Solid Oxide Electrolysis for Oxygen Production in an ARS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Christine S. Iacomini, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,317.00
Abstract:
Oxygen regenerated from a crew's expired CO2 and H2O vapor is essential to enabling a continuous human presence on the moon at significantly reduced costs and risks. Any such technology demonstrated on the moon will then be ready to support the transport of humans to Mars and their eventual… More

Safe, Non-Corrosive Dielectric Fluid for Stagnating Radiator Thermal Control System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Christine S. Iacomini, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,574.00
Abstract:
Paragon proposes to develop a single-loop, non-toxic, stagnating active pumped loop thermal control design for NASA's Orion or Lunar Surface Access Module (LSAM) program. While this technology was developed in the Apollo era, it has not been used in space since then. Furthermore, the fluids used in… More

Safe, Non-Corrosive Dielectric Fluid for Stagnating Radiator Thermal Control System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Christine Iacomini, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,711.00
Abstract:
Paragon Space Development Corporation proposes to develop a single-loop, non-toxic, active pumped radiator design with robust, reliable operation near stagnation regimes as expected to be experienced by NASA's Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV), the Lunar Surface Access Module (LSAM) and thermal… More

A Super Cooled, Non-toxic, Non-flammable Phase Change Material Thermal Pack for Portable Life Support Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Grant A. Anderson, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,935.00
Abstract:
The concept development and test of a water-based, advanced Phase Change Material (PCM) heat sink is proposed. Utilizing a novel material choice for both an expansion diaphragm and the PCM case itself, the PCM can accommodate both the expansion of the freezing water-based material and very low… More

Metabolic Heat Regenerated Temperature Swing Adsorption for CO2, Thermal and Humidity Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Christine Iacomini, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,990.00
Abstract:
Metabolic heat regenerated Temperature Swing Adsorption (MTSA) technology is proposed for a Portable Life Support System to remove and reject heat and carbon dioxide (CO2) regardless of the environment (lunar or Mars, vacuum or CO2), as well as to help control humidity in the ventilation loop. The… More

Metabolic Heat Regenerated Temperature Swing Adsorption for CO2, Thermal and Humidity Control

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Christine S. Iacomini, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,999.00
Abstract:
MTSA technology specifically addresses the thermal, CO2 and humidity control challenges faced by Portable Life Support Systems (PLSS) to be used in NASA's Constellation Program. Metabolically-produced CO2 present in the ventilation gas of a PLSS is collected using a CO2-selective adsorbent via… More

A Super Cooled, Non-toxic, Non-flammable Phase Change Material Thermal Pack for Portable Life Support Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Tom Leimkeuhler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,992.00
Abstract:
The continuation of concept development and test of a water-based, advanced Phase Change Material (PCM) heat sink is proposed. Utilizing a novel material choice for both an expansion diaphragm and the PCM case itself, the PCM can accommodate both the expansion of the freezing water-based material… More

Contaminant Robust System for Oxygen Production from Lunar Regolith

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Christine Iacomini, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,949.00
Abstract:
The necessity of oxygen for consumption by human inhabitants on the lunar surface is readily apparent. NASA is pursuing several ways to generate oxygen from lunar regolith and reduce reliance on Earth for consumable re-supply. The most mature method is via hydrogen reduction. Paragon SDC proposes… More

Integrated Sublimator Driven Coldplate for use in Active Thermal Control System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Tom Leimkuehler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,998.00
Abstract:
The original Sublimator Driven Coldplate (SDC) design sought to provide significant mass savings over a traditional pumped fluid loop by combining the functions of a cold plate and a sublimator and eliminating the fluid loop (Leimkuehler, et. al., "Design of a Sublimator Driven Coldlpate Development… More

Verification and Validation of an Innovative Inflatable Structure Design

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Sarah Luo, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,987.00
Abstract:
An inflatable habitat is a pressure vessel with flexible shell. Notable features such as low weight, large inflated operational volume, and small pre-deployment volume offer significant advantages over traditional rigid metallic and composite habitat structures. Conventional designs suffer from… More

Contaminated Water Protection System for Free-Swimming Diver

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Grant Anderson, Director of Research and
Award Amount: $69,761.00
Abstract:
Paragon will leverage hardware solutions developed and tested for the existing Navy Paragon Dive System Open Circuit Umbilical supplied demand UBA for diving in contaminated Category I & II waters. Hoses, seals, valves and materials from this system can be used to serve virtually every function… More

Integrated Sublimator Driven Coldplate for use in Active Thermal Control System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Thomas Leimkuehler, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,817.00
Abstract:
The original Sublimator Driven Coldplate (SDC) design sought to provide significant mass savings over a traditional pumped fluid loop by combining the functions of a cold plate and a sublimator and eliminating the fluid loop (Leimkuehler, et. al., "Design of a Sublimator Driven Coldplate… More

Contaminant Robust System for Oxygen Production from Lunar and Martian Resources

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Straus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,732.00
Abstract:
Extended duration missions to the Moon and Mars will require the use of In-situ resources to generate propellants and life support consumables. Many of the processes for in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) produce water, along with a variety of acid gases and other water soluble contaminants. … More

Verification and Validation of an Innovative Inflatable Structure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: James Harrell, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $599,688.00
Abstract:
An inflatable habitat is a pressure vessel with flexible shell. Notable features such as low weight, large inflated operational volume, and small pre-deployment volume offer significant advantages over traditional rigid metallic and composite habitat structures. Conventional designs suffer from… More

Employing Ionomer Membrane Technology to Extract Water from Brine

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Straus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $99,829.00
Abstract:
Paragon Space Development Corporation proposes the use of an microporous-ionomer membrane pair to improve the robustness and effectiveness of membrane-based water separation processes. Improved robustness and effectiveness will be evident through (1) reduced loading on the downstream post processor… More

Integrated Variable Heat-load and External Environment TCS

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2011 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Norman Hahn, Sr. Aerospace Engineer – (720) 271-6702
Award Amount: $98,756.00
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The ORS program is designed to field a customizable satellite that can be assembled in a few days. Unfortunately, the TCS is typically custom built around the heat loads and operating environments. For an ORS mission, both the heat load and the operating environments will be unknown… More

Ionomer-membrane Water Processor System Design and EDU Demonstration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: John Straus, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $749,463.00
Abstract:
a. Paragon Space Development Corporation¿ (Paragon) proposes to continue our investigation into the use of microporous-ionomer membrane technology to improve the robustness and effectiveness and simplify water recovery processes for space applications. Improved robustness and effectiveness will be… More

Regenerable, heat-Abating, humidity-Neutralizing, Carbon diOxide Removal System (RANCOR)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Principal Investigator: Sebastian Padilla, Senior Aerospace Engineer – (520) 382-4817
Award Amount: $149,786.00
Abstract:
Paragon Space Development Corporation (Paragon) will demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of our Regenerable, heat-Abating, humidity-Neutralizing, Carbon diOxide Removal System (RANCOR) for providing carbon dioxide and humidity recycling and removal for Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA).… More

Phase-change Urgent Living Specimen Enclosure (PULSE)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Chad Bower, Thermal Engineer – (520) 981-2911
Award Amount: $99,172.00
Abstract:
Paragon"s proposed PULSE technology builds upon existing vacuum insulated panel (VIP), vacuum dewar, phase change, and chemical heating and cooling technologies to provide a more robust transportation container with the potential for extended life and operability over existing systems. PULSE… More

Highly Efficient Solid Oxide Electrolyzer&Sabatier System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Christine Iacomini, Senior Aerospace Engineer
Award Amount: $124,626.00
Abstract:
Paragon Space Development Corporation® (Paragon) and ENrG Incorporated (ENrG) are teaming to provide a highly efficient reactor for carbon monoxide/carbon dioxide (CO/CO2) conversion into methane (CH4). The system is a gravity-independent, compact, leak-tight, Solid Oxide Electrolyzer (SOE) system… More

Inflatable Habitat with Integrated Primary and Secondary Structure

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NASA
Principal Investigator: Grant A. Anderson, Senior VP of Operations
Award Amount: $124,863.00
Abstract:
Paragon Space Development Corp (Paragon) and Thin Red Line Aerospace (TRLA) proposes to explore the utilization of inflatable structures by designing a habitation module as an integrated, all-fabric inflatable structural architecture, rather than modifying rigid space structural designs with an… More

Coacting High Integrity Materials Energetic Release Attenuation (CHIMERA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2013 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Grant Anderson, Senior VP of Operations / VP Eng – (520) 382-4812
Award Amount: $149,905.00
Abstract:
Paragon Space Development Corporation (Paragon) and our subcontractor, Thin Red Line Aerospace (TRLA) will create a Coacting High Integrity Materials Energetic Release Attenuation (CHIMERA) system that will meet the volume, thermal, ballistic, pressure, electro-magnetic (EM) and chemical containment… More