The FDA has approved this VITAL ventilator for coronavirus disease patients designed and built by engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

A new ventilator developed by NASA to treat victims of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has received emergency approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the space agency said today (April 30). 

The NASA ventilator, a high-pressure devise called VITAL, was developed by engineers at the space agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California in response to the limited supply of traditional ventilators for COVID-19 patients suffering from respiratory distress. 

“This FDA authorization is a key milestone in a process that exemplifies the best of what government can do in a time of crisis,” NASA chief

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