Airbus is developing a new system that can detect threats, including biohazards.The system, which USES genetically engineered living cells to detect the composition of various molecular compounds in the air, is expected to detect coronavirus and various chemicals.Testing of the system will begin later this year, the company said.
The airline industry has been hit hard by the outbreak, with airbus saying in a news release that it is nearing completion of a new testing system developed by a company called Koniku.
Airbus is developing a new system to detect coronaviruses
The system is based on what airbus calls “genetically engineered odor receptors,” which will rely on living cells for actual detection.When these tiny living cells “smell” something they don’t like, they react quickly and set off alarms by colliding with detection molecules.
But airbus acknowledged that the system was not originally designed to detect coronaviruses. The company said the system was originally designed to detect, track and locate chemicals on aircraft and in aircraft without contact.However, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the company decided to tweak it to include biohazard identification.