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Contaminated Water Protection System for Free-Swimming Diver

Award Information

Department of Defense
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2010 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
NAVY 09-146
Solicitation Number:
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: 2010
Title: Contaminated Water Protection System for Free-Swimming Diver
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Contract: N00014-10-M-0029
Award Amount: $69,761.00


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 required to modify existing Closed Circuit UBA and dry suit systems to create what we have termed the Paragon Expeditionary Dive System. With hardening solutions and water contaminant valves already in place, Paragon will use its unique life support experience to address the additional physiological design challenges imposed by the closed circuit system to provide a better integrated, and more efficient system without compromising any portion of the diver's effectiveness. Innovations include a contaminant compatible integrated mask and hood that, despite being a closed system, allows equalization of pressure, mask defogging, CO2 flush, and sufficient movement. An affordable dry suit (cost and maintenance) is also proposed with adequate protective characteristics, suit vent / buoyancy control, and valving / filter for protection against back contamination of the counter lung. Given directly relevant experience and hardware, Paragon is uniquely positioned to provide a feasible total system solution that is obtainable within the SBIR program.

Principal Investigator:

Grant Anderson
Director of Research and

Business Contact:

Carole Hammond
Corporate Strategy Manage
Small Business Information at Submission:

Paragon Space Development Corporation
3481 E. Michigan Street Tucson, AZ 85714

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