Paragon delivers key life support system to ISS
by Staff Writers
Tucson AZ (SPX) Feb 25, 2021
Paragon Space Development Corporation (Paragon) is excited to announce that its latest life support technology was launched aboard Northrop Grumman's 15th commercial resupply services mission (NG CRS-15) which arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) yesterday. Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft successfully launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Saturday, February 20th with over 8,000 pounds of scientific equipment and experiments and cargo aboard.
Paragon's Brine Processor System is a key part of the overall Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS), which protects, preserves and promotes human life. Paragon's brine processing technology - which is vital to generating water for the crew of a spacecraft, space station or potential transport to or habitation on the Moon or Mars - represents a ground-breaking innovation that will be critical to long-duration human spaceflight missions.
While essentially used to recover water from urine, Paragon's Brine Processing System is notable in that it will increase the level of recoverable water in the current systems on the ISS by using a dual membrane that allows water vapor to pass through while filtering out contaminants.
"This technology is essential to long-term spaceflight operations and even future stays on other planetary bodies - and if we're serious about going to Mars, demonstrating the feasibility and success of this system is critical. Understanding the need to squeeze every bit of recovery and efficiency from systems with energy and space constraints - like any spacecraft - is crucial in deep space exploration!" said Grant Anderson, Paragon's President and CEO.
"Paragon is in the business of technological innovation, engineering solutions and scientific advancement - and our Brine Processing System exemplifies our business. This is a game-changer and we look forward to supporting NASA on the next challenge!"
The water recovery rate of systems currently used on orbit is between 75-90% - but long-duration missions require a level of approximately 98%. And while there is currently no state-of-the-art technology in brine processing that can meet this requirement, Paragon's system is expected to achieve this target.
Paragon's system will undergo a one-year demonstration period to prove viability and success.
For over 27 years, Paragon has been a trusted leader in providing extreme environment life support and thermal control solutions - including spacecraft life support systems, thermal control radiators, and next generation cooling systems - to support mission critical operations for space, military, and commercial customers around the world.
Cygnus resupply ship bolted to ISS Unity Module
Houston TX (SPX) Feb 23, 2021
The Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo spacecraft was berthed to the International Space Station's Earth-facing port of the Unity module at 7:16 a.m. EST Monday morning and subsequently bolted into place. Cygnus will remain at the space station until May, when the spacecraft will depart the station. Following departure, the Cygnus will dispose of several tons of trash during a fiery reentry into Earth's atmosphere. The spacecraft, which launched at 12:36 p.m. EST Saturday, Feb. 20, on an Antares rocket ... read more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2024 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.