Among the newer companies trying to sign up with the rarified group of personal space launch startups actually flying payloads to orbit has actually rerouted its entire UK-based manufacturing capacity towards COVID-19 reaction. Skyrora, which is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, is addressing the call of the UK government and the NHS to producers to do what they can to offer much-needed healthcare devices for frontline responders amidst the coronavirus crisis.

Skyrorary states that the whole of its UK operations, including all human resources and its working capital are now devoted to COVID-19 action. The start-up, which was founded in 2017, had actually been working towards test flights of its first spacecraft, making development consisting of an early effective engine test using its speculative, more environmentally friendly rocket fuel that was finished in February.

For now, though, Skyrora will be focusing full on developing hand sanitizer, its very first effort to support the COVID-19 reaction. The business has already produce their initial batch utilizing WHO requirements and guidelines, and now intends to scale up its production efforts to the point where it can produce the sanitizer at a rate of over 10,000 250 ml bottles weekly.

There’s in fact a pretty close link between rocketry and hand sanitizer: Ethanol, the kind of alcohol that provides the essential disinfecting component for hand sanitizer, has actually been utilized in early rocket fuel. Skyrora’s ‘Ecosene’ fuel is a type of kerosene, however, which is a lot more common modern aviation and rocket fuel.

In addition to sanitizer, Skyrora is now in talks with the Scottish Government to see where 3D-printed protective face masks may have an useful influence on ensuring health worker safety. It’s testing preliminary models now, and will seek to standardize the protective devices after those tests validate its output.

Plenty of business are pitching in where they can, including by moving their production lines and producing capability towards locations of biggest requirement. It’s absolutely an ‘all-hands-on-deck’ moment, however there’s absolutely a concern of what happens to organisations that shift their focus this drastically as soon as the emergency passes, specifically for young startups in emerging markets.

Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.