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Posted: 25 March 2011 06:50 AM   [ Ignore ]
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In a remarkable move, scientists in Iran, a country more renowned for being unwilling participants in Hollywood blockbusters, than for their technological program, have announced that they

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Posted: 25 March 2011 07:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Why do I get the feeling it looks kinda small?

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Posted: 25 March 2011 09:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Peter - 25 March 2011 11:01 AM

Why do I get the feeling it looks kinda small?

Because it does.

You can assemble such a craft + camera yourself for under $1000 from parts available on eBay. But maybe they don’t have eBay in Iran.

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Posted: 25 March 2011 05:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Does look a bit like many hobby kits and the like. Mind you, the US has announced similar widgets. I’m willing to bet that the device is very likely functional, but there’s the question of range, battery life, picture quality, and whether or not the signal can be hacked…

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Posted: 25 March 2011 06:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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My kids watch Saturday morning cartoons (or what passes for them these days) and radio-controlled helicoptors with web cameras are advertised for $38. And they look much better than the goofy thing the Iranians made.

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Posted: 25 March 2011 06:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I’ll point out the US version is indistinguishable from a hummingbird - flies like one, hovers like one, looks like one.

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Posted: 25 March 2011 07:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I expect that the Iranian one would be intended more for domestic use by the military and police, to keep an eye on their own people.  That thing there wouldn’t really do all that well in military use.

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Posted: 25 March 2011 07:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Or civillian, really. I’m willing to bet it’s loud as all get out. Once the locals figure it out, they’ll probably just pop a rifle round into it.

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Posted: 25 March 2011 09:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Would I be correct in assuming it wouldn’t be able to fly very high and it wouldn’t cope with even mildly bad weather? I’d imagine a strong wind would cause it problems.

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Peter - 25 March 2011 11:01 AM

Why do I get the feeling it looks kinda small?

Because it does.

You can assemble such a craft + camera yourself for under $1000 from parts available on eBay. But maybe they don’t have eBay in Iran.

I’m sure they’d have an elaborate smuggling operation. They could order it for $1000 through a sleeper spy in Miami. They he could ship to Cuba via a home made submarine. They would then put it on a merchant ship that goes past the tip of South America. The ship would then spend 12 months traversing the Pacific and then eventually finish up in a secret smuggler’s harbour in India. From there it would take 6 months to smuggle it by foot to Iran.

To avoid detection they could only do it one at a time. So it will take them 10 years for Iran to have enough of them to be useful. By which time their intended targets for spying on could just buy a cheap zapping ray gun from under $100 from EBay.

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