Drones Take Flight to Disinfect Sports, Entertainment Venues
A Pittsburgh-based drone company has received the FAA’s blessing to use drones to disinfect public venues.
The federal agency granted a “137” certification for AERAS Drone Disinfectant Solutions, allowing the company to sanitize sports and entertainment venues such as stadiums or concert arenas against COVID and other viral pathogens.
The special certification is usually reserved for spraying pesticides on crops. Company officials say this is the first such certification for COVID-related disinfection. AERAS will use patented electrostatic technology to disperse EPA-approved approved disinfectants.
“We’re grateful for the support and trust we’ve received from the FAA in making our company the only one legally and legitimately certified to use drone technology to kill COVID-19,” said Justin Melanson, co-founder and director of research and development at AERAS. “We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to provide a more effective and efficient means to…