Iran has me scratching my head on this one. How does one launch a monkey capsule into space and achieve a successful unmanned flying saucer test in a couple weeks? Well, the question will remain unanswered as Iran did not take my call today for an interview on this story so it is what it is according to the press release 🙂 .
The unmanned flying saucer, named “Zohal”, was unveiled in a ceremony attended by Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
Zohal, designed and developed jointly by Farnas Aerospace Company and Iranian Aviation and Space Industries Association (IASIA), can be used for various missions, specially for aerial imaging.
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.
Zohal uses a small, portable navigation and monitoring center for transmission of data and images and can fly in both outdoor and indoor spaces.
The second project unveiled in the exhibition was a light sports plane. The plane designed and developed by Dorna Aerospace Company is a full composite sports plane and complies with the Standard Test Method (ASTM).
It is the third ISA-class model introduced to the world and can be used for private flights, aerial patrolling and surveillance.
Read the original press release here