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 Technologyâ€™s subcommittee on space and aeronautics.
A human mission to an asteroid â€œcertainly requires homework to be doneâ€ in picking safe and useful objects to visit, said Mark Sykes, director and CEO of the Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute. â€œA lot of that work can be done in Arizona,â€ he said…
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.
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.
Universe Today has an interview with Paragon Space Development Corporation CEO Taber MacCallum in which he defended NASA’s work on the Constellation program and blasted Congress for not giving the agency sufficient resources to do its job.
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 NASAâ€™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.
Grant Anderson, Vice President of Engineering and co-founder of Paragon Space Development Corporation, has recently been featured as part of a new campaign by AIAA, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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.