In just 37 days, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California have developed a new high-pressure ventilator to help treat those suffering from the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday the prototype ventilator called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally) passed critical tests at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, an epicentre of coronavirus in the US.
“We specialise in spacecraft, not medical-device manufacturing. But excellent engineering, rigorous testing and rapid prototyping are some of our specialities,” said Michael Watkins, JPL Director.
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