(CNN) – NASA scientists have joined the fight against COVID-19 by designing a new kind of ventilator.
Engineers at NASA’s jet propulsion lab in Pasedena came up with the innovative design in just 37 days.
It was caused to free up traditional hospital ventilators which have been in short supply.
NASA engineered it so it can be built quickly using fewer parts, most of which are available in current supply chains.
The rocket scientists wanted to be sure they wouldn’t interfere the availability of parts for current ventilators. The prototype passed a key test at Mount Sinai in New York earlier this week.
NASA is now hoping for fast-track approval of the ventilator in the coming days so it can be used to help coronavirus patients.
- Home destroyed in Wednesday morning house fire near Mount Vernon
- Body found in Plateau Community in Mobile
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, essential workers among list of Time Person of the Year reader poll nominees
- 18-wheeler crash on I-65 in Saraland diverts traffic
- Record number of foster care adoptions in Alabama for 2020