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Diver Worn Equipment for Diving in Chemical/Biological, Toxic Industrial…

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Department of Defense
Office for Chemical and Biological Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2002 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Paragon Space Development Corporation
3481 E. Michigan Street Tucson, AZ 85714-2221
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2002
Title: Diver Worn Equipment for Diving in Chemical/Biological, Toxic Industrial Chemical and Toxic Industrial Material (TIC/TIM)
Agency / Branch: DOD / CBD
Contract: N00024-02-C-4115
Award Amount: $69,590.00


"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 systems, has completed preliminary engineering and design work for a demand regulator and exhaust valve system. The proposed system completely isolates the breathing gas system from the contaminated environment.Further, it provides continuous monitoring of all critical seals and can provide warning of a breach anywhere in the diving suit.PSDC proposes to conduct laboratory and field evaluations to demonstrate that their Regulated Surface Exhaust (RSE) System, including the helmet interfaces, do not permit contaminants to enter the breathing loop. Phase I investigations will includeevaluation of candidate components and subsystems, engineering optimization of the proposed design, and prototype development. RSE testing with the UBA MK 21 MOD 1 diving helmet will occur in Phase II. In Phase III, we will test a fully demonstrated anddocumented RSE system (production design) with the UBA MK 21 MOD 1. All phases will include investigation for chemically hardening the helmet and helmet/suit interface prior to diving, and decontaminating the system after exposure. The proposed system affords complete isolation of the breathing gas system from the contam

Principal Investigator:

Grant A. Anderson
VP of Engineering

Business Contact:

Jane Poynter
Small Business Information at Submission:

Paragon Space Development Corp.
810 East 47th Street, Suite 104 Tucson, AZ 85713

EIN/Tax ID: 860734347
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No