NASA Developed Ventilator Prototype in Just 37 Days

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, there is a critical shortage of personal protective equipment for workers and ventilators for patients. Ventilators cost over $200,000 a machine and are difficult to mass produce. Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) applied for advanced FDA approvals and created a ventilator that uses fewer parts and therefore could be more cheaply and easily produced. Director of JPL, Michael Watkins, stated “When people at JPL realized they might have what it takes to support the medical community and the broader community, they felt it was their duty to share their ingenuity, expertise and drive.”

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