CNN has a deal in place with the Federal Aviation Administration that will allow the network to begin testing journalistic drones.
The network announced on its website this afternoon that it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) with the FAA to employ UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) for news-gathering missions.
“Our aim is to get beyond hobby-grade equipment and to establish what options are available and workable to produce high quality video journalism using various types of UAVs and camera setups,” said CNN senior vice president David Vigilante. “Our hope is that these efforts contribute to the development of a vibrant ecosystem where operators of various types and sizes can safely operate in the US airspace.”
CNN will continue its partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute as part of its effort to establish safety guidelines for drone technology in journalism.