COVID-19: Mexico’s rocket scientists develop respirators


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With hospitals around the world struggling with lack of critical medical equipment, Mexico’s rocket scientists are changing the game – by making respirators.

Mexico’s National Space Agency has developed a LINX respirator, an accessible and portable breathing device.

“It had to be a unit which was easy to operate, which was portable, and could be taken to remote and more marginalized regions, which would require little maintenance and, fundamentally, whose components could be attained within the country or easily imported,” says Gustavo Medina, director of the agency’s Space Instrument Laboratory.

The ​LINX respirator is currently undergoing medical testing by the country’s health authorities, and Gustavo hopes it will be given the green light for mass production within two months.