NASA Phase II Press Release

NASA Phase II Press Release

Contact:         Bill Cumbie (757) 344 – 8607                                                  June 8, 2016


Pancopia Lands $750,000 Contract with NASA


HAMPTON, VA; June 8, 2016 – Pancopia, Inc. was awarded a $750,000 Phase II SBIR contract by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to create the prototype for a biological wastewater treatment system for space exploration activities, possibly including the International Space Station and other manned missions. This news comes following the successful completion of the Phase I feasibility testing in December of 2015.


Under this contract, Pancopia will finish the development of its patent-pending wastewater treatment technology for a zero-gravity environment. The system will be capable of removing 95% of the organic carbon and ammonia from the wastewater, and will serve as part of the overall system to recycle wastewater to drinking water. Presently, water comprises 92% of the cost of sustaining human life on the space station. Since it currently costs $83,000 to lift a gallon of water into space, development of a more efficient water recovery system has the potential to greatly lower operating costs.


The company is also working to adapt its process to treat municipal wastewater and septic systems, which will remove organic carbon and ammonia for one-third the cost of current technologies while reducing energy consumption by 60%.


Bill Cumbie, Pancopia’s founder and chief technical officer, is very optimistic about the contract. “After our technology’s success in Phase I, we are excited to continue development, and this Phase II contract allows us to do just that.” Mr. Cumbie was also quick to share the credit, giving recognition to the “amazing team from different universities and agencies whose combined expertise truly made the whole thing possible.”


Pancopia expects to complete Phase II in May, 2018, and continue on to Phase III commercialization of this exciting new technology.


About Pancopia, Inc.

Pancopia is a private R&D and engineering company specializing in environmental and energy engineering.  Located in Hampton, VA, its personnel have several decades of experience providing sustainable environmental and energy solutions throughout the commonwealth. To learn more about the company, please visit us online at

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