Arizona Could Benefit From New NASA Plan, But Giffords Still Skeptical

Asteroid Ida

The Tucson Chronicle has an interesting article about how NASA’s new human spaceflight program could bring substantial federal funding to Southern Arizona. This prospect poses an interesting dilemma for Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a critic of the program who chairs the House Committee on Science and Technology’s subcommittee on space and aeronautics.

A human mission to an asteroid “certainly requires homework to be done” in picking safe and useful objects to visit, said Mark Sykes, director and CEO of the Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute. “A lot of that work can be done in Arizona,” he said…

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The Story of Taber, Jane and Paragon SDC

How to Start an Aerospace Company
Inc. Magazine

Like countless entrepreneurial couples, Jane Poynter and Taber MacCallum started their business from home. It was 1993, and home was Biosphere 2, the 3.14-acre terrarium in which researchers spent two years testing self-sustaining ecosystems.

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Paragon: A Fast-Growing Company During Crucial NASA Work

U.S. Rep. U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Chairwoman of the House Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee, recently toured the Tucson-based Paragon Space Development Corporation – a fast growing company that is doing key work for NASA and other organizations.

I found an announcement of the upcoming visit on the Paragon website. Although the news is a bit old, it contains a good summary of the company’s major projects, which include making life support systems for NASA’s new vehicles, the space agency’s new spacesuit, and growing a plant on the moon.

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Flowers to Bloom on the Moon

PRESS RELEASE

The first Moon flower will become a reality when private lunar expedition partners Odyssey Moon and Paragon Space Development Corporation deliver a biological greenhouse to the lunar surface.

Google Lunar X PRIZE contender Odyssey Moon Ltd. will announce its partnership with Paragon at a media conference held on March 27, 2009 at the Tucson-based firm, a manufacturer of key components for NASA’s Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle that will replace the Space Shuttle and take Astronauts to the Moon and eventually Mars. The lunar plant will be another space biology first for Paragon, having bred the first animals through complete life cycles in space, and grown the first aquatic plant in space.

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Paragon SDC Honored with Comerica Bank Award

PARAGON SDC PRESS RELEASE

Paragon Space Development Corporation has been recognized as one of the 2008 Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch. Paragon was honored at an awards ceremony during the second annual Comerica Bank Arizona Companies to Watch event, November 11 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

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