The National Football League (NFL) is reportedly bringing in drones to assist in this year’s Pro Bowl competitions, taking place this Thursday at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.
According to the NFL, the event pits pro players “against each other in unique competitions.” As part of this year’s showdown, a drone, flying “really high into the air,” will be dropping footballs during the “Drone Drop” competition, the NFL says on Twitter.
The NFL’s tweet offers a preview of the drone portion, which features a fleet of airborne DJI Inspire unmanned aircraft.
The NFL says in a news article that it does, indeed, have Federal Aviation Administration permission for the flights. The event will air this Thursday on ESPN at 7 p.m. EST.
Check out the Drone Drop at the #ProBowlSkills Showdown!
— NFL (@NFL) January 25, 2017