Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Gadgets & Apps

Ten news organizations join drone-test program

washington post

Ten US media organizations including the New York Times and Washington Post announced a coalition Thursday to test drones for news gathering in collaboration with Virginia Tech University.

The initiative is “designed to conduct controlled safety testing of a series of real-life scenarios where the news media could use small UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) technology to gather the news,” according to a statement from the media coalition.

Virginia Tech is among a small number of institutions authorized to conduct testing on various civilian applications for drones as the US Federal Aviation considers rules for these systems.

Some drones going onto the market are designed as toys, while others have various applications for industries or agriculture, and online retailer Amazon wants to use drones for deliveries.

Cable news giant CNN said this week it would conduct tests on drone use with Georgia Tech University.

Rose Mooney of Virginia Tech said the collaboration with the news organizations could lead to “a safe, efficient, timely and affordable way to gather and disseminate information and keep journalists out of harm’s way.”

The coalition includes Advance Publications, A.H. Belo Corp., the Associated Press, Gannett Co, Getty Images, NBCUniversal, E.W. Scripps Company and Sinclair Broadcast Group.

The coalition has been working since mid-2014 to develop the testing procedures with Virginia Tech.

Outside the news media, several video production and aerial photo companies have asked for federal permission to use civilian drones

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

A number of public agencies have been authorized to fly drones for public service purposes, such as for security, rescue or weather forecasting.

In contrast to other countries, the United States has banned commercial use of civilian drones, except at low altitudes, while it develops strict regulations.

According to drone makers, allowing civilian drones to fly in US airspace could lead to the creation of 100,000 jobs and inject $82 billion into the economy.

Click to comment

More on Capital Business

Executive Lifestyle

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – The country’s super wealthy individuals are increasing their holding of bonds, gold and cash, a new report by Knight...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi has urged members of the public to exercise extreme caution when making any...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi is set to own half of Centum Investment Company PLC, following a go-ahead...

Ask Kirubi

It is without a doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has caught the whole world by surprise. Although its full impact is yet to be...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun17 – Kenya’s tea leaves manufacturer Kericho Gold, has been awarded the Superbrands Seal by Superbrands East Africa for their quality variety...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Commercial Banks have been ordered to provide relief to borrowers on their personal loans, with loans eligible from March...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – As the local telecommunications industry gears up to roll out 5G networks in the country, the Communications Authority of...


NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – Airtel Kenya is offering free internet access for students in order to enable continued learning at home in the...