Paragon Awarded CST-100 Contract

Boeing CST-100 docking at ISS. (Credit: Boeing)
Boeing CST-100 docking at ISS. (Credit: Boeing)

TUCSON, Ariz. (Paragon PR) – Paragon was recently awarded a contract by The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] to provide services to support their Crew Space Transportation System (CCTS) and Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft. Specifically, Paragon will provide the CST-100 Humidity Control Subassembly (HCS) for cabin atmospheric humidity control.

“We are excited to see this commitment from NASA which will allow commercial companies like Boeing to take the lead on low-Earth orbit transportation,” said Grant Anderson, Paragon President and CEO. “Private human space transportation services provide not only a reliable and safe vehicle but will reduce overall costs to all customers looking to travel into low-Earth orbit. The positive impact on small businesses like Paragon, as well as the opportunity for new markets, is also encouraging”.

Paragon’s HCS is based on patent-pending humidity control technology developed under a NASA Commercial Crew Development 1 (CCDev1) Space Act Agreement designed to stimulate the private sector in the development of safe, reliable and cost-effective space transportation. The humidity control system is one of seven systems that comprise Paragon’s Commercial Crew Transport-Air Revitalization System (CCT-ARS) which was developed through the flight Preliminary Design Review (PDR) in 2010 for commercial crew transport applications. Paragon’s resulting CST-100 HCS meets Boeing needs as a robust, simple and low mass humidity control solution for a variety of applications. Boeing’s CST-100 is being developed as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program, which aims to resume U.S.-based flights to space by 2017. The CST-100 will transport up to seven passengers or a mix of crew and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS) and other low-Earth orbit destinations.

Under the Commercial Crew Transportation (CCtCap) phase of the program, Boeing will build three CST-100s at the company’s Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft will undergo a pad-abort test, an uncrewed flight test and the first crewed flight to the ISS in 2017.

Earlier this year, Boeing completed the first two milestones in the CCtCap phase, the Certification Baseline Review (CBR) and Ground System Critical Design Review (CDR). The completion of the Certification Baseline Review allows construction on system hardware, including the spacecraft and United Launch Alliance (ULA) launch vehicle adaptor, to begin. It also keeps the effort on track for achieving human-rated certification of the vehicle and ULA Atlas V rocket. The Ground System CDR evaluates all the ground operations and systems, mission operation systems, facilities, training systems, including mock-ups and trainers, and the control center.

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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, on Earth, in water and underground. Founded in 1993, Paragon is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona with offices in Denver, Colorado and Houston, Texas. For more information, please visit

  • windbourne

    anybody know who is doing life support for SpaceX, Bigelow, and BO?

  • Hug Doug

    Paragon also, for SpaceX

    ORBITEC for Bigelow, though ORBITEC was recently acquired by Sierra Nevada.

    Can’t find anything for Blue Origin.

  • Jeff Smith

    Paragon isn’t doing it for SpaceX anymore. That press release is 4 years old. SpaceX is doing it for themselves now.

    Paragon IS still doing it for Orion though.

  • Hug Doug

    Hmm. I hadn’t heard that.

  • Jeff Smith

    Ya, talk to some of the Paragon engineers and they’ll give you the scoop.

  • windbourne


  • windbourne

    That’s interesting.
    Musk is known for pushing everything in-house, but I would not have thought that he would bring life support in-house.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    I think Amazon is doing a lot of life support for Blue Origin these days. 🙂

  • Snofru Chufu

    Mr. Bezos already spent more as 5-times the sum (over 500 millions) of his own money as Elon Musk did into his rocket business!

  • Dennis

    Well, unless he’s going to start flying payloads soon he will need to cough up a whole lot more of his own money! Guess Musk did it better by finding paying customers to support his business!

  • windbourne

    And which one has had better results?

    In addition, which one is helping America the most?

  • Hug Doug

    I’m not sure that I know any, but thanks for the suggestion lol.

  • Steve Ksiazek

    Most of the SpaceX private investment now comes from venture capital, or a big chunk of cash from Google. I wouldn’t be surprised if Musk hasn’t added new funding to the company for several years. I would say Amazon / Blue Origin was a better return on those sales tax dollars I didn’t pay…(not to mention free 2-day shipping with Prime)

  • windbourne

    BO has received more than 25 million directly from NASA, and a lot more indirectly.
    In addition, the DOD has also invested other monies into BO.
    And so far, not a thing.

    Spacex gets very little VC money, other than Google’s recent investment. Several VCs buy employee stock options so that they have a way to cash out with out going public.

    We invested 299M into spacex to help with F9, along with dragon V1. It is now the cheapest and most reliable launcher for NASA and iss.

    All in all, we have not only saved more than 1B using spacex but it has kept our investment in ISs alive.

  • Snofru Chufu

    Who is “we”? NASA, AirForce, US-government?

  • windbourne

    We are the American tax payer since that was his comment.
    And it was NASA with COTS that awarded 299 M.
    In no way, have I, or did now, disrespect BO.
    However, the discussion was about return on our tax money.
    Money and NASA time have gone into BO without a payoff.
    Hopefully it will.
    But keep in mind VG and how they appeared to be doing just fine until Doug dug into them.
    Then we find out not so good, followed by the loss of their vehicle.

  • Snofru Chufu