Online local news site Voice of San Diego is suing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to release more details about a military drone test that will take place over the city.
The FAA is the public body responsible for granting permissions to drone operations.
The drone test in question involves General Atomics’ SkyGuardian, a military-grade drone that the company hopes to offer to police forces and other emergency services.
The news organisation has voiced its concern about previous General Atomics tests that have repeatedly failed and resulted in injuries to federal agents.
The previous failed tests crashed in the sea, according to Voice of San Diego, and so carried relatively little risk.
It worries that tests of the drone, which has a 79-foot wingspan, above the wider San Diego area would pose a significantly greater danger to the public.
Thus far, the FAA has declined to release more details about the proposed tests and the SkyGuardian drone.