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A Chinese drone enthusiast who built his own flying saucer has been brought back to Earth with a bump because the authorities warned him he did not have the proper permission to fly it. He told the newspaper the 80kg lb aircraft could carry a human pilot but he decided it would be safer to use remote controls for its test flight on December 2 when it hovered eight metres above the ground for well over a minute. It was not the first time the appliance repair shop owner from Wuhan, Hubei province, has built and flown his own aircraft, but this particular design was inspired by his love of sci-fi and UFO movies. The local aviation authorities were not amused, however, and warned Shu that he had not registered the flying saucer with the Civil Aviation Administration of China. Under Chinese law, all aircraft need a licence to fly and the authorities need to be told in advance when and where flights will take place.
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If a professor at the University of Florida U. The saucer will hover and propel itself using electrodes that cover its surface to ionize the surrounding air into plasma. Gases such as air, which has an equal number of positive and negative charges become plasma when energy such as heat or electricity causes some of the gas's atoms to lose their negatively charged electrons, creating atoms with a positive charge, or positive ions, surrounded by the newly detached electrons. Using an onboard source of energy such as a battery, ultracapacitor , solar panel or any combination thereof , the electrodes will send an electrical current into the plasma, causing the plasma to push against the neutral noncharged air surrounding the craft, theoretically generating enough force for liftoff and movement in different directions depending on where on the craft's surface you direct the electrical current. The concept sounds far-fetched, but U.
A flying saucer also referred to as "a flying disc " is a descriptive term for a supposed type of flying craft having a disc or saucer -shaped body, commonly used generically to refer to an anomalous flying object. The term was coined in  but has generally been supplanted since by the United States Air Force term unidentified flying objects or UFOs for short. Early reported sightings of unknown "flying saucers" usually described them as silver or metallic, sometimes reported as covered with navigation lights or surrounded with a glowing light, hovering or moving rapidly, either alone or in tight formations with other similar craft, and exhibiting high maneuverability. While disc-shaped flying objects have been interpreted as being sporadically recorded since the Middle Ages , the first recorded use of the term "flying saucer" for an unidentified flying object was to describe a probable meteor that fell over Texas and Oklahoma on June 17, The highly publicized sighting by Kenneth Arnold on June 24, , resulted in the popularity of the term "flying saucer" by U. Although Arnold never specifically used the term "flying saucer", he was quoted at the time saying the shape of the objects he saw was like a "saucer", "disc", or "pie-plate", and several years later added he had also said "the objects moved like saucers skipping across the water. Arnold's sighting was followed by thousands of similar sightings across the world. Such sightings were once very common, to such an extent that "flying saucer" was a synonym for UFO through the s before it began to fall out of favor.