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Creation 6(1):18–19, July 1983

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Fantastic miniature space lander invented

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When human astronauts landed on the moon they did not fear attacks from any local inhabitants since lunatics or moonies live on earth, and the possibility of any moon creatures had already been ruled out by space researchers.

Therefore the spacecraft on which the astronauts travelled was built to make a soft landing on a flat lunar surface, and to be gently and slowly projected into space again for the return trip to earth, after planned research had been completed.

But what if they were to land on a potentially inhabited planet? What type of spacecraft would they have need of then? It would most certainly need to be equipped for a rapid take-off in any direction to escape attack from any alien inhabitants. A complex computerised multi-directional scanning system would also be required to detect the slightest danger. The landing device would need to be constructed so that it could come to rest on any type of surface such as sharp rocks or steep slopes or even suspended from a protective overhang.

NASAT intelligence reports revealed that a miniature prototype of such a spacecraft was already in operation in Eastern bloc countries. An operation by undercover agents led to the successful capture of one of the prototypes; however, research since that time has been plagued by controversy over the origin of the craft. Western aerodynamics experts who studied one of the captured models in the laboratory and carried out flight tests on it, have concluded that it was a marvel of miniaturisation.

Thorough analysis has shown that it is equipped with some of the most sophisticated aeronautical instruments and landing devices. The controversy emerged however, when a search of NASAT records revealed that the existence of this tiny landing craft had been known for a long time; but modern scientists had been slow to acknowledge its highly sophisticated nature. Many researchers totally rule out the possibility that the minicraft appeared on earth following design by an extraterrestrial being.

Their general opinion seemed to be that there was an original less efficient model accidentally fitted with two sets of double wings, upper and lower. Over a period of millions of years of being able to travel reasonably satisfactorily with dual-wing operation, the lower wings gradually became defunct and collapsed to mere blobs which vibrated in sympathy with the remaining wings. Modern research has shown, however, that these ‘mere blobs’ are vibrating gyroscopes.

This discovery was very significant to man. Previous to this observation, rotating gyroscopes were used on low-flying aircraft as ‘turn’ and ‘horizon’ indicators, but for high-flying jet aircraft this type of gyro was proving to be unreliable. The vibrating gyro was a timely answer to the problem. In the mini-craft it consisted of a tiny flexible rod attached to the central power unit. On the end of this rod is a bulbous formation which acts as a weight. When in flight, the rod oscillates rapidly in a fixed plane. When the craft turns or rolls, the gyro continues oscillating in the same plane and so activates internal signals which are converted to the computer section.

Although all of the secrets of the tiny craft have not been discovered yet, it has been ascertained that it is equipped with very delicate instrumentation, including a wind-speed indicator in the microscopic antennae fitted to the front of the scanning system. The multidirectional scanning system is a marvel of miniaturisation, being comprised of thousands of infrared, UV, and visual sensors which detect movement coming from practically any angle.

For landing on rugged surfaces, the craft is fitted with forward grappling hooks, and it has four-point landing gear fitted with multi-tube adhesive pads for anti-gravity landing. This remarkable system enables the craft to land on the underside of overhanging rocks or on the ceilings of caves or buildings. The adhesive can be forced down the tiny tubes for retaining hold on such surfaces and can then be retracted for take-off.

This fantastic mini-craft is of course the common house fly, and it is a fact that “A whole new field of investigation into the flight instruments of insects has amazed aircraft designers as they see remarkably effective control devices packed into unbelievably small spaces.”1

If any person could produce such a miracle of working miniaturisation, their accomplishment would be acclaimed world-wide on the front pages of newspapers, on radio and television, and in top scientific journals. When God made the fly, however, there was just a brief mention of the fact hidden in the first chapter of Genesis. But when the fly and all other living creatures were made, God said they were good. Modern scientific research can only applaud in amazement at just how good it really was.

Posted on homepage: 22 April 2015

References and notes

  1. Everest, F.A., The Prior Claim, Moody Press, Chicago, pp.8–9, 1953. Return to text.