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NASA helps write the rules for private drone use

by Sanden Totten | Take Two®

The Ikhana vehicle parked at the Dryden Flight Research Center in Palmdale. KPCC/Sanden Totten

Until now, unmanned aerial vehicles — better known as drones — have been used mostly by the military.

But in a little more than a year, the Federal Aviation Administration is planning to allow private citizens and companies to send drones into the skies above the U.S. The FAA has turned to NASA to develop guidelines for flying this decidedly earth-focused craft.  

KPCC's science reporter Sanden Totten recently visited a NASA testing facility in Antelope Valley to check the process.

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