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Posted October 12, 2020

Charlotte startup Lucid Drone Technologies has landed a major NFL partnership.

The company, founded in 2017 by Andrew Ashur, David Danielson and Adrian Mayans, has leased its drone technology to the Atlanta Falcons for use in disinfecting Mercedes-Benz Stadium after games.

The drones use electrostatic sprayers to evenly distribute medical-grade disinfecting chemicals that are nontoxic to humans and animals, are are in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency Standards. The solution, hypochlorous, prevents bacteria and viruses from sticking to surfaces.

Mayans said the goal is to eventually be able to have the 71,000-seat stadium cleaned in about two hours. Currently, the cleaning crew is using two drones inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and each drone can disinfect about 150,000 square feet in an hour.

"We gave Mercedes-Benz the ability to implement their own protocols," he said. "The drone is the application method, but they can use whatever chemistry they need to tackle their needs."

"We want them to leverage our tech to implement the most robust disinfecting protocols necessary," Mayans added.

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