Paragon SDC Recognized for Contribution to Orion

Orion splashed down safely in the Pacific after its first test flight. (Credit: NASA)
Orion splashed down safely in the Pacific after its first test flight. (Credit: NASA)

TUCSON, AZ, April 08, 2015 (Paragon PR) – NASA’s vision to have an American spacecraft launch from American soil and set off to explore deep space is one step closer to being a reality. On December 5th, 2014 the Orion spacecraft experienced a perfect launch and spent more than four hours in Earth’s orbit before performing what was called a “bulls-eye” splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

This launch was performed to test the critical parts of the capsule including the heat shield, parachutes and all the sections discharged during ascent and entry. Paragon Space Development Corporation provided the tubing for the life support system that controls everything from oxygen to heating and cooling as well a critical sensor package. For Paragon, years of hard work have paid off now that its hardware has flown on Orion.

“With unmanned tests like this one, we as manufacturers can see how the critical components hold up in high stress scenarios ensuring that when the flight is manned and under normal conditions everything works as it is intended,” said Grant Anderson, Paragon President and CEO. “With critical components like a life support system, you need to deliver to exacting tolerances and uncompromising quality so that the hardware performs flawlessly.”

Paragon is one of Lockheed Martin’s subcontractors who worked on the Orion spacecraft program. “With Lockheed at the helm, Paragon supports theirs and NASA’s vision to have Orion be the most reliable, safe and affordable option to provide human spaceflight to destinations in deep space including asteroids, around the moon, and Mars,” said Mr. Anderson.

Today the Lockheed Martin and NASA Orion Program Managers thanked the employees of Paragon for their contribution with a presentation highlighting the accomplishments of the entire Orion team along with a certificate for outstanding performance in their contributions to the successful Exploration Flight Test-1 mission.

NASA’s commitment to deep space exploration is set to have humans to set foot on Mars by the end of the 2030’s. With only two test flights planned before astronauts launch into space on Orion in 2021, NASA is on a clear path to have human footprints on the red planet.

ABOUT PARAGON: Paragon Space Development Corporation® is a premier provider of environmental control components and systems for extreme and hazardous environments. As an industry leader in designing and manufacturing of thermal control and life support systems, Paragon provides solutions for its customer’s most challenging extreme environment protection needs in space, in the air, on Earth, in water and underground. Founded in 1993, Paragon is a small business headquartered in Tucson, Arizona.

  • Michael Vaicaitis

    “With Lockheed at the helm, Paragon supports theirs and NASA’s vision to have Orion be the most reliable, safe and affordable option to provide human spaceflight to destinations in deep space including asteroids, around the moon, and Mars,”

    I’ve spotted a rather glaring credibility gap.

  • Gary Church

    I’ve spotted a NewSpace fan.

  • Dennis

    I’ve spotted a sour and grumpy man…

  • Michael Vaicaitis

    …sour and grumpy idiot

  • Gary Church

    Two NewSpace fans- they self-identify with insults every time.

  • Linsey Young

    Bring back Gaetano!

  • Linsey Young

    At least Gaetano was funny…

  • Linsey Young

    And you DIDN’T use “newspace fan” in a derogatory manner? Here’s a clue – if you’re going to make sneering comments, expect people to return the favour.

  • Dennis

    Dude, the fact that your profile is shielded says enough. Not to mention your post vs likes rate. Most people here have more upvotes than posts, yours is the other way around BY FAR. This only goes to show that not only u want to hide where else you are spamming your nonsense, people don’t like to read it anywhere!

  • Gary Church

    Oh, I completely expect it. You are the queen of derogatory, aren’t you?

  • Gary Church

    What a bunch of cyberthugs. Disgusting. The stink of the Musk cult is overwhelming. I am just here to comment on Paragon supporting Orion “dude.”

    Thank you Paragon, and thank you Lockheed Martin.

  • Michael Vaicaitis

    I will indulge the troll a little:

    ULA block buy contract: $11,000,000,000 for 36 cores and 28 launches, including 4 Heavy launches, over about three years. ULA launch capability contract $1,000,000,000 per year. Actual cost of 28 launches: $14,000,000,000.

    Bruno says he doesn’t recognise the number of $400,000,000 per launch. Bruno says the cost of Delta Heavy is $400,000,000 to $600,000,000. Bruno says average cost of single stick launches is $250,000,000. The Senate committee are not prepared to pay a billion dollars for a Heavy launch and Bruno would not expect them to.

    $14 billion divided by 28 is $500,000,000; even if only counting the basic $11 billion, average launch price is $393,000,000. Bruno says he doesn’t recognise the number of $400,000,000 per launch.

    Assuming all Heavy launches are $600,000,000, then average price of single stick launches is $483,000,000; even if only counting the basic $11 billion, average launch price is $358,000,000. Bruno says he doesn’t recognise the number of $400,000,000 per launch.

    If we believe Bruno that average single stick launch price is $250 million, that’s $6,000,000,000 for 24 launches, so the actual Heavy price must be $5,000,000,000 for 4 launches, or $1,250,000,000 per Heavy launch; or if we include the capability contract (subsidy), it’s $8,000,000,000 for 4 Heavy launches and $2,000,000,000 per Heavy launch.

    Unavoidable conclusions:
    1) Either
    Bruno is lying about the average price of Heavy launches
    or
    Bruno is lying about the average price of single stick launches.

    2) Even taking into account the paperwork overhead of non-commercial launches, the price of ULA launches is ridiculously high.

    3) Supporters of “old” space are deluded if they support these prices over “hobbyrocket” prices.

    4) Numbers are not cyberthugs. Bruno, his pals and supporters, may choose to deny the simplicity of mathematical division, but the $11 billion divided by 28 (or $14 billion divided by 28) is what it is.

  • Dennis

    Just whom are you trying to fool here? You didn’t come here to comment on that all. In fact, you didn’t even mention something even remotely on-topic until this comment just now. The first thing you did here was take a stab at Michael and it went south from there on…

    Quite ironical how you refer to us as ‘cyberthugs’ while you seem actually be the only one falling under that definition.

  • Gary Church

    You are not fooling anyone playing the blame game. I have views that differ from the NewSpace mob, like many space advocates that used to post on these forums, but they gave up because of the same bullying being done to me on this thread. Everybody knows. Criticism of Musk, SpaceX, or NewSpace is NOT tolerated anymore. You and your friends are displaying the enforcement of that unspoken rule for anyone to see.

  • Gary Church

    Bizarre how these infomercials chocked full of dollar signs get thrown in the face of anyone daring to support “old space.” Like a magic spell. I don’t even read them anymore. Blah, blah, blah.

  • Dennis

    I am not trying to fool anybody here, you on the other hand…

    Yet again ironical how you mention being bullied while you in fact started it with your stab at Michael.

  • Dennis

    That is because the likes of you hate being wrong, which is exactly what infomercials such as these prove. Now I don’t know what your personal grudge with ‘newspace fanboys’ exactly is and I don’t care either, but the information available here is so obvious what even the likes of you couldn’t deny it. So I guess that is why you choose not to read it I guess.

    See no evil, hear no evil…

  • Douglas Messier

    Gaetano isn’t coming back. Gary will soon be gone.

  • Snofru Chufu

    Gary’s discussion style is far away being optimal, but I think also a self-contained, not very tolerant “Newspace” community needs alternative views and impulses from outside. Mr. Messier, you might give him for a new approach to
    your blog.