Iran: Iranian scientists have created an aircraft, Zohal – or Saturn in English. They claim it to be the world’s first flying saucer. According to scientists, the unmanned aircraft is designed for aerial imaging but it can be used for various missions.
According to ISNA, Iran’s students’ news agency, it is equipped with autopilot, image stabiliser and GPS and has a separate system for aerial recording with full HD quality. Easy transportation and launch and flying, making less noise, are some of the advantages of the device. It belongs to the new generation of vertical flyers. Iran, which prides itself on its 2,500 year-old civilisation, is also keen to show that it is at the cutting edge of modern science.
Tehran’s ambitious space programme alarms the western countries because the same technology used to send missiles into space can be used to build intercontinental ballistic missiles.
For President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the advances demonstrate the country’s ability to push on with its science programme despite international sanctions over its nuclear programme.
Source: Daily Mail