NASA has developed an oxygen helmet and advanced its previously developed decontamination device in an effort to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, gasworld reported that the space agency had developed a ventilator in just 37 days to help those in need, but since then the teams have been working on additional innovations.

Coronavirus: NASA develops prototype ventilator in 37 days

“NASA’s strength has always been our ability and passion – collective and individual – for solving problems,” said Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator.

“All the work being done shows how NASA is uniquely equipped to aid in the deferral response to coronavirus by leveraging the ingenuity of our workforce, mobilising investments made in the US space agency to combat this disease and working with public and private partnerships to maximise results.”

Aerospace Valley Positive Pressure Helmet 

NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California with Antelope Valley Hospital, the City of Lancaster, Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company, Antelope Valley College and members of the Antelope Valley Task Force joined together to help solve possible shortages of critical medical equipment. 

One of the task force’s first efforts was to build an oxygen to helmet to treat coronavirus patients showing minor symptoms and minimise the need for those patients to use ventilators.

Called the Aerospace Valley Positive Pressure Helmet the device function as a continuous positive airway pressure machine to force oxygen into a patient’s low-functioning lungs.

Surface Decontamination System

In 2015 through its Regional Economic Development Program, engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center developed a small, portable, and economical device which decontaminates spaces such as ambulances and police cars. 

The device was developed in partnership with Ohio-based Emergency Products and Research and is now used in real-life applications to kill airborne and surface particles of viruses.

Today, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, NASA is now conducting additional research on the device to maximise the effectiveness of the technology to kill the coronavirus.