Iran: Now With Autonomous Flying Saucers

March 21, 2011


Iran, in an attempt to toot its own horn, released a press release about the successful development of an autonomous reconnaissance 'flying saucer', with the above picture attached. That, uh...that looks pretty sketchy. HOW HAVE YOU NOT LEARNED YOUR LESSON?! Iran, you need to go ahead and fire your whole Photoshop department, because that dude suuuuuucks.

The ship is called Zohal -- Saturn in Persian -- and is designed for aerial imaging. Zohal has a data downlink and can fly in both indoor and outdoor spaces, according to the Fars News Service. The Daily Mail points out that Fars is a hard-line state-run news service.

From the news release: "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."

I'm not gonna lie, if I was in charge I would have gone with a different picture. Something, what's the word I'm looking for -- yes -- less horribly shitty looking. That thing looks like it was scanned out of a 1940's sci-fi magazine. "Amir -- we need a picture of a flying saucer, STAT!". "Yes, sir!" *copy/pastes screencap from Flight of the Navigator*

Iran Announces Launch Of Its Unmanned Flying Saucer [popsci]

Thanks to Schmaltz and Kaz, whose names both end in z. That's pretty rare.

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