Military Drone Maker, Altavian, Is Churning Out N95 Masks for COVID-19 Response (Drone DJ)

Military Drone Maker, Altavian, Is Churning Out N95 Masks for COVID-19 Response

UF startup Altavian, a drone maker that supplies the US military, has shifted some of its production to a new kind of N95-grade mask to be used by medical personnel on the frontlines of America’s latest battle—the COVID-19 emergency response. In fact, the new masks may even exceed the protection of traditional N95 models.

The biggest challenge in supplying personal protective equipment (PPE) is the shortage of specialty materials required. N95 masks are made from high-grade spun polypropylene filter material produced by just a handful of manufacturers. Working with the University of Florida, Altavian has found an alternate source of filter material—the two-ply spun polypropylene wrapping that goes around surgical instrument trays.

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