NASA announced that it has mobilized some of its biggest minds to apply research and ingenuity to fight the coronavirus.
The U.S. Space Agency showed a range of devices to President Donald Trump, including a pressure helmet and surface decontamination system, along with a valve.
The technologies came from NASA's crowd-sourcing platform, called NASA @ Work, that asked employee ideas and they voted on the submissions to help combat the outbreak.
The new developments are a result of & # 39; engineers of & # 39; an organization that is forced to work from home because of the pandemic that is disappearing around the world.
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NASA showed a range of devices to President Donald Trump, including a pressure helmet (right) and surface cleaning system (center), along with a valve (left)
In March, NASA closed its offices after employees at six different facilities contracted the coronavirus.
Last month, however, staff used their brain power and ability to help the U.S. government stop the spread of the virus and treat patients.
NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told Trump during a White House meeting: "The questions are what do you do with rocket scientists when they stay home? What they do is they build amazing things. & # 39;
Bridenstine notes that NASA's work will put all its efforts into & # 39; development of & # 39; the three technologies, including the NASA VITAL ventilator created by the & # 39; Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) e NASA, the Aerospace Valley Positive Pressure Helmet developed by a regional consortium with NASA & # 39; s Armstrong Flight Research Center, and a surface decontamination system called AMBUStat produced by industry with technology developed at NASA's Glenn Research Center.
The Aerospace Valley Positive Pressure Helmet, the device was successfully tested by doctors at Antelope Valley Hospital
NASA unveiled the fan last week, which has been designed and developed in just 37 days and can be mass-produced and tailored to each patient's needs.
JPL Director Michael Watkins said, & # 39; We specialize in spaceships, not medical device manufacturing – but excellent engineering, rigorous testing and rapid prototyping are some of our specialties. & # 39;
When people at JPL realized that they might need something to support the medical community and the wider community, they felt it was their duty to share their ingenuity, expertise and drive. & # 39;
Engineers at & # 39; NASA are currently seeking fast-track approval for using VITAL on & # 39; a coronavirus front line by the US Food and Drug Administration.
As with conventional ventilators, VITAL devices require patients to be sedated and an oxygen tube inserted into their airways to breathe.
The new device would not replace current hospital ventilators – built to last years and able to handle a much wider range of medical issues, unlike the COVID-19 custom VITAL, which useful life of about three to four months.
NASA engineers have designed a mass-produced ventilator for COVID-19 patients in just 37 days – one with only a seventh of & # 39; parts of a conventional ventilator. Pictured, the & # 39; Fan Intervention Technology Accessible Locally & # 39; (VITAL) device passed a critical test at & # 39; the Icahn School of Medicine on & # 39; e Mount Sinai in New York.
Engineers at NASA's California Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) developed the pictured VITAL to free traditional ventilators for patients with the worst symptoms
One of & # 39; initial efforts of & # 39; A task force was to build an oxygen helmet to treat COVID-19 patients who exhibit minor symptoms and minimize the need for these patients to use ventilators. The device functions as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to force oxygen into a patient's low-functioning lungs.
Called the Aerospace Valley Positive Pressure Helmet, the device was successfully tested by doctors at Antelope Valley Hospital.
The Spaceship Company began producing 500 this week and an application was submitted April 22 to the FDA for an emergency authorization.
The decontamination system, called AMBUStat, is used in police cars and other areas that kill airborne and surface particles of viruses. Now NASA is doing additional research to continue with the maximum efficiency of this device on COVID-19.
The technologies came from the NASA crowdfunding platform, NASA @ Work, which asked employees to submit ideas to help fight the coronavirus, which began earlier this month.
More than 200 ideas were submitted and then more than 4,000 employees voted for the best technologies to develop.
Cathy Mangum, deputy administrator of & # 39; NASA, said: & # 39; The & # 39; NASA's workforce is all about solving problems. & # 39;
& # 39; We have extremely intelligent engineers and passionate people who really want to help, and it really came across as almost an emergence from & # 39; e work of, & # 39; Hey, how can we help? & # 39;
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