Astronics Corporation aerospace firm has started the building process of its coronavirus-killing robots. Known as the Xenex LightStrike, the robots – at a cost of $125,000 per piece – are already being used in 700 US healthcare locations, including seven in Chicago. A statement from Astronics Corporation said:
“In a peer-reviewed study, published in the journal, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, researchers report that within two-minutes LightStrike’s pulsed xenon, full-spectrum, ultraviolet rays achieved a 99.99% level of disinfection against the coronavirus.”
It works by using pulsed UV rays to penetrate the virus’ cell walls, eliminating its molecular structure, leading to the eradication of the virus.” Morris Miller, Xenex’s CEO said:
““This technology is important today because these are the most powerful UV robots that have ever been made. They’re 4,000 times more intense than any other UV robot that has ever been on the market. As a result of that, they’re extremely fast.”
An initial manufacturing agreement of $20 million has been signed between Astronics and Xenex.