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Iranian Flying Saucer: back to the fifties
Coach is Right ^ | March 19th, 2011 | Jim Emerson, staff writer

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 Iran’s 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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TOPICS: Government; UFO's; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: flyingsaucer; iran; ufo
When I first read this story I thought it was a joke but that is what the Iranians are reporting.


1 posted on 03/19/2011 8:38:57 AM PDT by darkwing104
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To: darkwing104

So does this thing come equipped with a death ray that zaps all Jews and Christians? (Putting on my tin foil hat...)


2 posted on 03/19/2011 8:43:08 AM PDT by conservativegramma (u)
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To: darkwing104

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.


3 posted on 03/19/2011 8:44:36 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: darkwing104

PULL!!


4 posted on 03/19/2011 8:49:24 AM PDT by Track9 (Make War!!)
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To: rbg81

“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?


5 posted on 03/19/2011 8:59:50 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: darkwing104

I thought flying saucers were satanic.


6 posted on 03/19/2011 8:59:58 AM PDT by mountainlion
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To: darkwing104

I thought flying saucers were satanic.


7 posted on 03/19/2011 9:00:14 AM PDT by mountainlion
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To: darkwing104

The magic carpet sure has come a long way.


8 posted on 03/19/2011 9:02:41 AM PDT by MissMack99 (Mitt Romney is a FRAUD, he RUINED Mass. Don't let him finish Obama's job.)
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To: darkwing104

9 posted on 03/19/2011 9:05:04 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts!I)
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To: Boogieman

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.


10 posted on 03/19/2011 9:28:24 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: darkwing104

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.


11 posted on 03/19/2011 9:40:43 AM PDT by lurk
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To: rbg81
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.

This?


12 posted on 03/19/2011 9:43:32 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Democrats- Forgetting 9/11 since 9/12/01)
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To: rbg81
Other than the fact that it looks cool, what is the practical advantage of a flying saucer design exactly?

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?

13 posted on 03/19/2011 9:52:41 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: darkwing104

This announcement was made by The Iranian Making-S__t Up Department.


14 posted on 03/19/2011 10:34:36 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: darkwing104

It’s a kitchen lamp from the 50’s

Had one over the sink when I was a kid.


15 posted on 03/19/2011 10:36:10 AM PDT by hattend (Obama got his 3am call about Egypt. The call went right to the answering machine.- Sarah Palin)
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To: rbg81

16 posted on 03/19/2011 10:41:42 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: rbg81

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.


17 posted on 03/19/2011 10:44:51 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: rbg81

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.


18 posted on 03/19/2011 10:50:07 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Bernard Marx; rbg81
I don't think there is one.

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.

19 posted on 03/19/2011 10:56:54 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Bernard Marx; rbg81
I forgot to add a take off of 8 ft on an aircraft carrier steaming into the wind.

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.

20 posted on 03/19/2011 11:07:22 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Calvin Locke
Au contraire: Flying Flapjack

You haven't changed my mind. If it's such an advantageous shape how come we don't see modern planes with that design?

The Flying Wing concept goes back to 1907 and survives as the B-2 stealth bomber and several other modern jet aircraft. It looks a lot more like Arnold's historic UFOs too.

21 posted on 03/19/2011 11:14:43 AM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: Bernard Marx
If it's such an advantageous shape how come we don't see modern planes with that design?

I said it had one advantage, a short takeoff.

As for why the design didn't evolve with the jet age, I can just imagine what such a craft would do if it lost one engine. Not much room for the loss of symmetry, and I do remember that it was necessary to put, at least the prop engines, at the edge, for some forgotten reason.

22 posted on 03/19/2011 11:45:25 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: darkwing104

The craft is obviously held up and powered by thought waves. If you think hard enough that you see it flying you probably will. Then the illusionator takes over and... well here it gets technical but it has to do with electro-crockery propulsion systems.


23 posted on 03/19/2011 11:53:27 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: count-your-change
well here it gets technical but it has to do with electro-crockery propulsion systems.

Most likely a Tesla design


24 posted on 03/19/2011 12:12:14 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: Calvin Locke
You're ignoring the point of my original post. The objects first reported were not saucer-shaped! The entire myth of "flying saucers" is based on a reporter's mistake.
25 posted on 03/19/2011 12:15:35 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: darkwing104

Or Tupperware. Tesla actually did something instead of photo-chopping.


26 posted on 03/19/2011 12:17:04 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Bernard Marx
No, you said you didn't think there was an advantage to a saucer design, and I just pointed one out.

As for your history of "saucer", it's pretty much as I remember the story.

I did pull up the clip of the radio news report of Roswell, six weeks or so after the Arnold "close encounter", and the report used both "flying disk" and "missile" for the recovered object.

27 posted on 03/19/2011 1:01:48 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: darkwing104
When I first read this story I thought it was a joke but that is what the Iranians are reporting.

It's a lovely lampshade!

28 posted on 03/19/2011 8:08:18 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: Boogieman
Or...how about putting a rotating ring around it with a gun mounted on it, so you could target 360 degrees around the ship?

The Russians experimented with a circular battlship design in the 19th century. It was a complete failure; the worst aspect of the design was that off-axis recoil from the ship's guns set the whole thing spinning. I can't imagine that would be any better on a flying gunship than a floating one.

29 posted on 03/19/2011 8:14:23 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: RansomOttawa

“off-axis recoil from the ship’s guns set the whole thing spinning”

Ah, that’s why the aliens use recoil-less death rays. Explains a lot!


30 posted on 03/21/2011 11:20:01 AM PDT by Boogieman
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