August 27, 2010
Last updated at 1:36 AM on 18th March 2011
DAILY MAIL UK
It's not clear how far or how high it can fly – or even how big it is and what makes it take off.
But an aircraft created by scientists in Iran is, they claim, the world’s first flying saucer.
Called the Zohal - or Saturn in English - it said the unmanned spaceship is designed for 'aerial imaging' but added it can be used for 'various missions'.
The hardline Fars news agency illustrated its story with a photo of a flying saucer, akin to one appearing in a 1950s Hollywood B-movie, hovering over an unidentified wooded landscape.
The reports gave no indication of the spaceship’s size. But they indicated it was small by claiming, somewhat bizarrely, that it can also fly indoors.
'Easy transportation and launch and flying, making less noise, are some of the advantages of the device,' said ISNA, Iran’s students’ news agency.
'The device belonging to the new generation of vertical flyers is designed for aerial photography.
'It is equipped with autopilot, image stabiliser and GPS and has a separate system for aerial recording with full HD quality!'
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 West because the same technology used to send missiles into space can be used to build intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Last year the country announced it had successfully fired a rocket that carried a mouse, a turtle and worms into space.
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