2000 News Story

New unmanned planes designed by Saudi student engineers

A new generation of Saqr Al-Jazeerah ("peninsular eagle") unmanned exploratory planes was successfully launched today at the Armed Forces' exhibition field at the King Abdulaziz Air Base in Dhahran. The planes were designed by students in the aviation and space engineering program at the nearby King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals. The designers were able to successfully apply the idea of a developed wing with a rotary nose on a remote-controlled plane carrying an aerial survey and photography system. The plane, whose patent is registered in the United States, is the first with this particular technology, which enables it to accelerate quickly and shorten the distance of landing and take-off.