Smithsonian Magazine to Fly Drone in Ronald Reagan Building


By Nick Massella Comment

smithsonianWhile drone journalism isn’t yet a common practice in news gathering, who’s to say it won’t be in the near future?

As part of it’s “Future is Here” festival taking place this weekend,Smithsonian magazine will present a live drone flight inside the Ronald Reagan Building and a demonstration of a hydrogen and nitrogen-powered jetpack on Woodrow Wilson Plaza. Both presentations will be filmed for upcoming Smithsonian Channel specials.

FAA clearance was specially obtained in advance of the jetpack flight, due to the close proximity of the presentation to the White House, according to Smithsonian Media. “As a stipulation of the clearance, the jetpack must stay below a certain height, or risk being shot down.”

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