Bengaluru: Even as India struggles to fight the second wave of coronavirus pandemic, SpiceJet airlifts 2450 oxygen concentrators from Nanjing and Hong Kong.   

Last week, SpiceJet's freight carrier SpiceXpress had airlifted into India 800 oxygen concentrators from Hong Kong. 

SpiceJet's chairman and managing director Ajay Singh had said that the airline along with its sister company SpiceHealth is looking to bring into India more than 10,000 oxygen concentrators in the coming days from across the globe, as per an Economic Times report.

It is interesting to note that the Adani group had also airlifted oxygen from Saudi Arabia to ameliorate the situation. 

The Centre had also issued funds under the PMCARES Fund to install 551 PSA Oxygen Generation Plants in public health facilities. 

This would boost the availability of medical oxygen to hospitals.  

DRDO pitches in, builds hospitals, transfers oxygen technology: 

DRDO has used this technology to create 1000 litres of oxygen per minute which can be translated into civilian use. 

It is an indigenously built technology (specifically for India-manufactured aircraft) used to supply oxygen to the aircrew by supplying oxygen using bleed air from the engine and separating oxygen from other components, using a process called Pressure Swing Adsorption Technology. 

With this technology the pilot can remain airborne for a long time. Till this time, the pilots had to get to the ground, maybe an hour or so after they were airborne to refill oxygen.