The United States's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has developed a ventilator amidst the COVID pandemic and concerns about shortages.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) made the new ventilator and it is called Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally (VITAL).
JPL Director Michael Watkins said though they don't do medical device manufacturing, they have an excellent team.
People working at the JPL realized they could support the medical community, so they chose to share their ingenuity, expertise and drive amidst the COVID pandemic and difficult times.
VITAL is useful for temporary hospitals, health facilities that may already be running short of medical equipment during the outbreak.
We usually build spacecraft, not medical devices, but we want to help. Amid the #COVID19 pandemic, we designed a high-pressure ventilator prototype called VITAL. In 37 days, it went from design to a device tested at @MountSinaiNYC; now in @US_FDA review. https://t.co/F9baOTx13M pic.twitter.com/seKGVzyVpE— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) April 23, 2020