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Iran is claiming that that they have built the world’s first “flying saucer”, according to the official state-run Iranian news agency. The news agency asserted that the craft was unveiled to Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamene in a special ceremony last month. The unmanned craft is intended largely for aerial imaging.
The saucer, named ‘Zohal’, which translates to Saturn in Persian, is part of a “new generation of vertical flyers,” according to the Daily mail. The original news release stated described the flying saucer in more detail. The release read in part:
Zohal, designed and developed jointly by Farnas Aerospace Company and Iranian Aviation and Space Industries Association (IASIA), can be used for various missions, specially for aerial imaging.
The flying machine is equipped with an auto-pilot system, GPS (Global Positioning System) and two separate imaging systems with full HD 10 mega-pixel picture quality and is able to take and send images simultaneously.
Zohal uses a small, portable navigation and monitoring center for transmission of data and images and can fly in both outdoor and indoor spaces.
Not everyone is a believer, however. A picture that accompanied the press release may not actually be a picture of the machine. Another press release by the Iranian Students’ News Agency may be a more accurate depiction of the craft.
“It is equipped with autopilot, image stabilizer and GPS and has a separate system for aerial recording with FULL HD quality as well as another system for aerial photography with 10 megapixel capability which can be sent and recorded simultaneously. The machine involves a small and portable land station with the monitoring capability and is able to fly indoors and outdoors,” according to the students’ press release. “Easy transportation and launch and flying with less making noise are some of the advantages of the device. “