A Beijing scientist has developed the country’s first flying saucer, Chinese news agency Xinhau reports. The solar-powered nuisance (pictured right) will be ready to take to skies within two years.
Professor Yan Lei of Peking University described his creation: “Unlike conventional aerocraft, which rely on high-speed movement for lifting force and the fuel-powered engine for dynamics, the newly-developed model employs propellers activated by machinery without bearings.”
Lovely. The team hopes the tent-esque unmanned craft will be able to take on tasks previously monopolised by high cost communications satellites.
Source: The Register