The inspiration behind Air Protein began in the 1960’s, with NASA, on a quest for deep space travel.
The scientists of NASA, challenged with how to produce food for a year-long mission with limited space and resources, soon discovered a special class of microbes. These natural single-cell organisms, specifically, called hydrogenotrophs, act like plants in converting carbon dioxide into food.
The concept was simple. Astronauts would exhale CO2, which would be captured by the microbes, then converted, with other inputs such as power and water, into food, which would feed the astronauts. Then these astronauts would exhale CO2, further enabling the hydrogenotrophs to continue producing an endless cycle of nutrients.
However, this technology never was completed by NASA, only to sit on the shelf for decades, before being brought to life by the Air Protein team. At Air Protein, we saw this research as not only a way to help address climate change through CO2 utilization, but also saw it as a way to make food on Earth.
Our goals centered around 3 things: economics, efficiency, and scalability. And, we did it! We did what NASA didn’t and have been able to innovate in order to make the technology commercial.
We, with the help of NASA’s research, have done the hard part, and now we’re making it ready for the world: Air Protein
HOW WE MAKE AIR-BASED PROTEIN
By leveraging our NASA-inspired technology, we use natural processes to transform elements found in the air and convert them into nutritious protein.
1 Elements that can be found in the air (like CO2, Oxygen, and Nitrogen) and renewable power serve as inputs to a natural probiotic production process that converts the elements into nutrients.
2 The result is Air Protein, which has the same amino acid profile as animal protein.
3 Air Protein can be used to make a variety of foods from burgers to pastas to cereals and more.