New NASA Ph. I for Pancopia

Hampton Virginia- Pancopia, Inc. recently won a new contract with NASA to further the development of a biological water treatment system for use in space and space exploration.

Working closely with experts from Texas Tech University, the Hampton Roads Sanitation District, and the USDA, Pancopia will explore the feasibility of using a second-stage reactor to treat and recycle wastewater in space. This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) ph. I contract will focus on establishing the potential of this technology, and creating a basis from which to expand and prototype in a ph. II. Pancopia is looking forward to promising results.

In addition to this new contract, Pancopia has been working with NASA for several years on development of a biological nitrogen removal system for the International Space Station. This contract will explore a new system that incorporates Pancopia’s previous research with Texas Tech University’s current rCOMANDR treatment unit. Pancopia is looking forward to working with TTU on this exciting research, and where it may lead.

Founder and CEO of Pancopia, Bill Cumbie, is excited to be conducting research that will further the mission of NASA.  “This phase I contract is a great opportunity for Pancopia to make a difference on a large project.  We are excited to begin testing feasibility for this new water treatment and recycling system.”

This project will begin in July, and last for approximately six months. For more information about NASA’s 2018 SBIR and STTR awardees, please visit their website or click here to learn more.

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