Skip to comments.Iranian Flying Saucer: back to the fifties
Posted on 03/19/2011 8:38:55 AM PDT by darkwing104
Despite the setbacks with its ambitious nuclear weapon program, Iran unveiled an unmanned flying saucer at a strategic technologies exhibition. The story was first reported by the Fars News Agency. The Zohal (Saturn) was publicly introduced at the exhibition that was attended by Irans supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
As reported in the Daily Mail the capability of the Flying Saucer that It is equipped with autopilot, image stabilizer and GPS and has a separate system for aerial recording with full HD quality. Fars reported that The device belonging to the new generation of vertical flyers is designed for aerial photography.
The saucer is capable of operating outdoors and indoors.
The craft was designed and developed jointly by Farnas Aerospace Company and Iranian Aviation and Space Industries Association. The size and capability of the craft is unknown but most likely perform the role of a short range UAV. The devices will be controlled and monitored by a separate portable unit.
Such a device is probably a copy of the German designed Microdrone. The German manufactured quadrotor drone is an electric powered four blade UAV that can operated indoors and outdoors.
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So does this thing come equipped with a death ray that zaps all Jews and Christians? (Putting on my tin foil hat...)
Other than the fact that it looks cool, what is the practical advantage of a flying saucer design exactly? Many types of aircraft can hover. Militarily, this also makes them great targets. The one exception being geo-stationary satellites.
“Other than the fact that it looks cool, what is the practical advantage of a flying saucer design exactly?”
I think the biggest possible advantage would be maneuverability, since you can redirect thrust quickly in many directions. Also, a disc design could remain pretty level moving in any direction, so that could have some uses too I guess.
Or...how about putting a rotating ring around it with a gun mounted on it, so you could target 360 degrees around the ship?
I thought flying saucers were satanic.
I thought flying saucers were satanic.
The magic carpet sure has come a long way.
Okay, but how does it achieve lift? Anything motorized that hovers either needs rotors or jets. Surely the whole vehicle does not rotate, only some inner component.
There are all kinds of hovering drones available already. Their real limitation is size, range and load capacity.
They come in handy for round-the-corner urban recon, but not much more.
I don't think there is one. The entire notion of saucer-shaped UFOs is based on an error by a reporter. When pilot Kenneth Arnold first reported strange objects flying over Mt. Rainier back in June, 1947, he described an entirely different shape "that flew erratic, like a saucer if you skip it across the water." He said they were not round. But the United Press article implanted the notion of "flying saucers" and within days people betgan "seeing" them all over the world. Never underestimate the power of suggestion!
For a review of what really happened check this out: FLYING SAUCERS?
This announcement was made by The Iranian Making-S__t Up Department.
It’s a kitchen lamp from the 50’s
Had one over the sink when I was a kid.
Well, the one I saw that was designed back in the 60’s or so had a turbine engine in the middle, and a system to direct the exhaust out of a ring of ports arranged on the bottom of the disc. So, to change the direction of thrust, you only need to switch which ports you are allowing the exhaust to vent out of off. Probably a lot less moving parts in a system like that, too.
Oh, btw, I don’t know if they ever actually built that design with the turbine. I know they tried to build a few disc-type hovercraft back then, but they weren’t very successful.
Au contraire: Flying Flapjack
Granted, it was WWII, and superseded by the jet age. However, the big advantage was that it only required something around 8 feet of "runway" to take off.
If you've seen the Dolittle Raid shows, the first (empty) B-25 to try a carrier takeoff had a wind speed of around 25kts before letting off the brakes, and nearly struck the carrier's island overhang as it suddenly became airborne much sooner than the pilot expected.
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