Local drone startup AERAS returns to sanitize Churchill Downs before Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Local startup company AERAS will once again return to Churchill Downs to help sanitize the facility ahead of this weekend’s Kentucky Derby by using a multi-copter drone to clean the exterior seating area of the complex that in pre-pandemic times drew more than 150,000 people for the annual horse racing event.

It’s the second year in a row that AERAS will show off its capabilities at the facility, which has lifted its Covid-19 mitigation efforts for the first time in two years. In addition to sanitizing the seating areas, a feat AERAS has done locally inside PPG Paints Arena and at PNC Park, the startup will also use its drones to power wash portions of the exterior building facade at the racetrack, which is a new feature AERAS has been able to accomplish over the past 12 months.

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