With the successful launch of SpaceX, Paragon Space Development Corporation is opening a whole new chapter on space exploration and how to sustain humans on longer missions.
Grant Anderson is the president and CEO of Paragon Space Development. His company, headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, works with NASA, SpaceX, Boeing and other companies, providing vital life-sustaining technology for astronauts. Now that the U.S. is beginning a new space frontier, Anderson and his team are helping make it all possible.
“Exploration is human, it’s in our DNA,” said Anderson.
In order to send astronauts like Doug Hurley and Robert Behnken to space and beyond, they need technology to help them live and breathe in space. Anderson says without life support technology, there simply is no mission.
This isn’t your ordinary life support measures found on Earth. Paragon creates life support in extreme environments, and space is the ultimate extreme environment.
Paragon has several life-sustaining systems for space. One system includes a new spacesuit that gives astronauts an extra hour of oxygen and more mobility. Another system converts water, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide creating recyclable oxygen. Overall the systems work collectively to make breathing, sleeping, living, working and even going to the bathroom in space possible. That’s important when astronauts could be in space for days, months, even years.
With the success of SpaceX, it opens the door for the next realm to explore that Paragon will be working on with NASA.
“Space is just one big ocean and we’re ready to go out and see what’s out there,” Anderson said.
There’s a goal of creating a sustained human presence on the moon by 2024, then going even further, sending astronauts to Mars, marking another giant leap for mankind.
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