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Astronauts At The International Space Station Proceed With Testing Boeing’s Virus-fighting Surface Coating

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

As per reports, astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS) are conducting series of experiments with an antimicrobial surface coating designed by the joint research project including Boeing (BA) and the University of Queensland to fight the spread of viruses and bacteria, including the Earth- bound SARS-CoV-2 virus.

“While testing continues on orbit and on Earth, we’re encouraged by the preliminary results of the antimicrobial chemical compound. There is the potential for broad-based applicability for a surface coating like this when used in conjunction with other measures to prevent disease transmission.” stated Mike Delaney, Boeing’s chief aerospace safety officer.

An antimicrobial surface coating in a spacecraft will ensure the health and safety of the crew and protect the spacecraft’s systems from bacteria. It will further prevent interplanetary contamination from Earth-borne or another planet’s microbes.

“After years of development, it is truly exciting to see our research in space. The primary purpose of our antimicrobial coating was to help protect space missions. After the current pandemic struck, we modified the coating’s formula to also target the COVID-19 virus if it is present on a surface on Earth. We look forward to continuing our testing regimen and working to gain regulatory approvals.” stated Professor Michael Monteiro from UQ’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.

Boeing is working with NASA as the prime contractor for the ISS since 1993. Since then, Boeing has provided continuous engineering service support, helping to maintain the station at peak performance levels through varied missions and ensuring that the full value of the unique research laboratory is available to NASA, its international partners, and private companies for years to come.

Dow 30 component Boeing (NYSE: BA) is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space, and security systems. To learn more about Boeing (BA) and to track its ongoing progress please visit the Vista Partners Boeing (BA) Coverage Page.





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