New Delhi: NASA engineers have developed a new high-pressure ventilator to combat the COVID-19 pandemic of the coronavirus.
The device, called VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Local Accessible), was developed by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California to release the nationwide limited supply of conventional ventilators for use by critical COVID-19 patients can.
JPL Director Michael Watkins said, “We specialize in spacecraft manufacturing, not medical device manufacturing. But excellent engineering, rigorous testing, and rapid prototyping are some of our specialties. When JPL employees realized they might have what it takes to support the medical community. ” and the wider community felt it was their duty to share their ingenuity, expertise, and drive. “
The ventilator passed a critical test at Icahn School of Medicine on Mount Sinai, New York, an epicenter of COVID-19 in the United States, on Tuesday.
NASA is now applying for an accelerated FDA approval for the device through an emergency approval, a fast approval process designed for crisis situations that only take days instead of years.
Caltech’s technology transfer and business partnerships office, which manages JPL for NASA, offers a free license for VITAL and is currently contacting the commercial medical industry to find manufacturers for the device.
The United States was the worst COVID-19 country in the world with the highest number of coronavirus positive cases and deaths. By Sunday evening, the United States had registered almost 9,40,000 confirmed cases, while more than 54,000 people lost their lives due to the deadly virus.