Spot the difference! Totally confused about this story — the UK press has published a very strange photo implying Iran has made a Flying Saucer (UFO), which bizarrely looks like its come from a 1950’s B-Movie!
But in reality, what Iran has made, or rather announced, is a home-made unmanned flying device called Zohal (Arabic for ‘Saturn’) — strangely the words ‘flying saucer’ are mentioned in the announcement, which I suspect is the reason for the misunderstanding, but I no idea where the photo of the UFO has come from!
Zohal (from the Arabic for “Saturn”) is a quadrotor device which was designed and developed jointly by Farnas Aerospace Company and Iranian Aviation and Space Industries Association (IASIA).
The flying device is equipped with an auto-pilot system, a GPS (Global Positioning System) and two separate imaging systems with full High Definition (HD) 10 mega-pixel picture quality.
The Zohal is planned to be used for variety of missions, mostly related to aerial imaging. The cuadrotour unmanned device is able to take and send images simultaneously.
The flying device also includes a small, portable navigation and monitoring center which will be used for transmitting data and images. Zohal can fly in both outdoor and indoor spaces.
I kind of feel the UK media are making light of the announcement, possibly even debunking the story when in fact the device appears to be very real and interesting. Mind you, the media in question only the Mail!
NYC Aviation: Iran Builds ‘Flying Saucer’ UAV Which Is Not Round, Looks Nothing Like a Saucer
Daily Mail: We’ve built a flying saucer, boasts Iran (even if it does look like it belongs in a 1950s B-movie)