In August 2019 sensational footage of an actual flying saucer was uploaded to YouTube – and understandably went viral. This real-life UFO looks every bit the sci-fi staple, after all, and is supposedly capable of flying in all directions while pulling off incredible speeds and expert maneuvers. But even though this man-made craft might look ready to explore the universe, that’s not exactly what its creators have in mind.
The disk – officially known as an All Directions Flying Object (ADIFO) – is the invention of engineer Razvan Sabie and aerodynamicist Iosif Taposu, who are both from Romania. The latter definitely has the chops for this sort of project, too – if his résumé is anything to go by. Once a senior scientist at Romania’s National Institute for Aerospatiale Research, Taposu is now in fact head of Theoretical Aerodynamics at the National Aviation Institute.