US Patent Granted: Automated Aircraft Tray Table Disinfecting System Using Ultra-Violet light

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Aerospace Innovation Automated aircraft tray table disinfecting system using ultra-Violet light

Innovation Title:
Automated Aircraft Tray Table Disinfecting System Using Ultra-Violet light.

Name & Age of Inventors:
Yumna S. Ali Shah (16)
Nimra S. Ali Shah (14)
Bilal S. Ali Shah (11)

Patent Certificate:

About the Innovation:
A sanitation assembly attaches over a surface inside a tray table of an aircraft. A source of UV radiation is mounted to the assembly and configured to direct UVC radiation to the tray table at a predetermined dosage, wherein the assembly uses for disinfection of the aircraft tray table. The embodiments may use UV light sources and/or a disinfection unit powered by a fuel cell or other external power source.

US Patent Grant Date:
16th August 2022

United States Patent Publication Number:

Awards & Recognition:

‘Alternate Finalist’ at Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge-2018, held at NASA Kennedy Space Center.

To Read Patent Details:

Click Here USPTO | Google Patents

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