CNN will explore the use of drones for reporting, after receiving special permission from the U.S. government.
In the first program of its kind, the FAA will allow CNN to test camera-equipped drones for news gathering and reporting purposes.
CNN has partnered with the Georgia Tech Research Institute to collect data for the program. The FAA said it will analyze that information to develop rules about using drones for news gathering.
“Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high quality video journalism,” said David Vigilante, CNN’s senior vice president of legal.
Vigilante said he hopes that the test program leads to the safe and more widespread use of drones in U.S. airspace.