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Oklahoma college takes COVID-19 fight to the air with use of drones for disinfectant spray | State and Regional News

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Mist is sprayed by a drone during a demonstration Monday showing how a drone can be used to sanitize areas on the Rose State College campus new student union. DOUG HOKE/The Oklahoman


OKLAHOMA CITY – Rose State College students returning to campus can breathe a little easier in the school’s new student union.

Across the world, drones are being used for large-scale disinfecting of public places, like sports stadiums, that would be too time-consuming for individual staff on the ground. The same case could be made for the student union at Rose State College, a 48,000-square-foot structure that includes a ballroom with seating for 400 people during normal operations.

The college, in collaboration with Total Defense Resource Strategies, demonstrated Monday the use of a drone to disperse a COVID-19 disinfectant at the newly constructed student union that opened this week.

“What we saw today was an innovative new technology, where we use a drone with a canister attached to it to spray a large area, to disinfect it from the virus that causes COVID-19,” said Toney Stricklin, president and CEO of TDRS. “The speed of this is actually such that we can spray 3,500 square feet in as little as three to four minutes.”

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