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NASA Built This Ventilator in Only 37 Days to Help Save COVID-19 Patients

NASA Built This Ventilator in Only 37 Days to Help Save COVID-19 Patients

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California have channeled their space engineering skills into helping save Coronavirus patients with the development of a new ventilator called the VITAL (Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally). It’s easier and faster to build and with fewer parts than a traditional ventilator.

After just 37 days, these dedicated engineers worked tirelessly to invent the VITAL, a new, high-pressure ventilator tailored for COVID-19 patients in respiratory distress. On April 21st, the ventilator prototype passed a critical test at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York using a high fidelity human patient simulator.



Typically, JPL builds space crafts, but the team knew they had to step it up. “We have the potential to save human lives, people that we might know, our neighbors, our families,” said Michelle Easter, a JPL mechatronics engineer on the project. “And that intensity … is amazing, it’s amazing.”

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