Finding a Market for Flying Saucers

A California company called Moller International is testing a flying saucer. It's a sporty, two-seat vehicle that takes off and lands vertically. Executives predict a healthy market for the $450,000 vehicles.

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If you have recently send around text messages telling people that you just saw a flying saucer, today's last word in business might reassure you that you were not hallucinating.

Well, maybe not, anyway. A California company called Moller International has been developing and testing an actual flying saucer. It is described as a sporty, two-seat vehicle that looks like a cross between an alien spaceship and a blue inner tube.

The saucer takes off and lands vertically but it can only get about 10 feet off the ground. Moller International has been trying to develop flying cars but that's not been going well. And so for now, the company believes that flying saucers have a more realistic chance of succeeding. Executives believe a lot of people will eventually want to pay up to $450,000 to own a vehicle that makes them feel like George Jetson.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

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