NEW DELHI: Doing its bit to help the country fight the coronavirus outbreak, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has not only donated Rs 5 crore to the PM-CARES Fund collected from a day’s salary of its employees but also its scientists are busy researching on best methods to provide essential medical devices that will help treat Covid-19 patients.
With the launch of rockets on hold for the time being, Isro is busy developing a simple-to-operate ventilator to meet the country’s urgent need for the key ICU medical equipment needed for critical Covid-19 patients.
S Somanath, director of Thiruvananthapuram-based Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), told TOI, “We are designing a ventilator and making hand sanitisers and contributing them.”
Isro’s VSSC specialises in making rockets that launch satellites and interplanetary missions. With the Centre and states taking all measures to check community transmission of the virus, they are simultaneously speeding up the production of ventilators. Isro is, therefore, lending a helping hand to the government in meeting the demand for ventilators. It is also providing in bulk hand santisers amid its shortage in markets. Like other organisations, most of the Isro employees are working from home.
The VSSC director, however, has refused to give details about the next launch date for the country’s first Geo Imaging Satellite-1 (Gisat-1), whose launch was deferred on March 4 due to technical reasons.