The notion of having a news or journalism drone for remote sensing, photography, video, etc., occurred to me in 1998, when I was an independent journalist travelling in South Asia to report on the tense standoff between India and Pakistan amid their confrontational nuclear weapons tests.

Making my way in a region on the brink of war and and its megacities rife with sectarian tensions, I often found myself wishing that I could have a better vantage point, capability to manoeuvre, or to be two places at once.

When I found Wired editor Chris Anderson’s DIY Drones, I knew that the era of news enabled by drones was drawing near.

The NewsDrones project is an effort to make that era a reality.

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