Regenerable, heat-Abating, humidity-Neutralizing, Carbon diOxide Removal System (RANCOR) Phase II

Period of Performance: 01/31/2014 - 01/30/2016


Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Paragon Space Development Corp.
3481 E. Michigan Street
Tucson, AZ 85714
Principal Investigator


In Phase I RANCOR successfully demonstrated an innovative enabling humidity control technology to provide very low humidity air to water sensitive, fully reusable CO2 adsorbents. The use of adsorbents enables complete reusability/rechargability and reduces the total heat load on the SCBA to the point where ice or other cooling systems will no longer be required. In Phase II Paragon will introduce an extremely high performance, low-cost, disposable media as well as significantly enhanced reusable adsorbent technology, including hydrophobic and non-hydrophobic metal organic frameworks. These new adsorbents allow achievement of the CBDs goals while offering a high degree of reusability. The humidity technology will also be prototyped and utilize integrated design effects to achieve the program performance, mass, cost, and logistic goals. Phase II will evolve the RANCOR elements into a prototypes that will be demonstrated both at the component level and integrated into existing CC-SCBA systems in a controlled environment as concept validation to proceed to Phase III. The combination of the successful humidity technology and the new RANCOR sorbets will achieve program goals while enabling future, and modified CC-SCBA systems to utilize future hydrophobic or non-hydrophobic materials.