Final Frontier Design (Paragon Space Development Corporation)

We develop and manufacture next generation space suits for the emerging commercial space industry.

Created: 2020-05-09

Updated: 2022-09-24

Service

Classification
Miscellaneous
Category
Space Suits & Garments
ISRU (In Situ Resource Utilization)
Fields
Moon
Status
3) Development
First launch
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The xEMU Lunar space suit will be used in the Artemis mission, the first US planetary space mission since Apollo. The development awards include the Lunar xEMU space suit boot, hip, and waist joints, and will culminate with hardware deliveries to NASA in 2020.

Paragon has established itself as a key contributor in the field of lunar ISRU over the last decade. Paragon’s flagship ISRU-specific “system of systems” is currently funded by 5 NASA contracts. Our active ISRU programs target volatile mining in lunar Permanently Shadowed Regions (PSRs), water purification, and electrolysis to generate rocket fuel and breathable air for astronauts.

ISRU-derived water purification and Hydrogen Oxygen Production (IHOP)

Paragon’s flagship ISRU system, IHOP, is funded by a NASA NextSTEP-2 In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) Technology contract. IHOP combines the critical ISRU functions of water purification and electrolysis into an integrated system optimized for lunar water processing and capable of the same on Mars. IHOP receives water from mixed ices found in Permanently Shadowed Regions (PSRs) on the lunar poles, purifies the water of co-located toxic and corrosive volatile contaminants, and generates hydrogen and oxygen that from the electrolysis of that water. The product hydrogen and oxygen can be used as propellant for lunar transportation vehicles (ascent and landers), reusable cislunar transports, and human missions to Mars and beyond. Technologies that can make use of the IHOP consumable products include fuel cells, crew atmosphere revitalization, and crew potable water.

ISRU Collector of Ice in a Cold Lunar Environment (ICICLE)

Water mined from extraterrestrial sources, such as lunar craters, will contain impurities that are both difficult to separate from water and detrimental to many possible downstream processes and users of the water. The ICICLE component is a cold trap that utilizes a regulated freeze distillation process along with optimized internal geometry for high water collection efficiency and low contaminant retention from upstream water extraction sources. ICICLE provides one-step collection and coarse purification of extracted water in environments including the Moon, Mars, and asteroids, making it an essential component in any water-based ISRU architecture.

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