The Pterodactyl Flies Again by ProQuest


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									                   The Pterodactyl

                   Flies Again

                                                                                                             Below: The Pterodrone design includes internal
                                                                                                                 batteries, cameras, heat sensors and other
                                                                                                              devices. Bottom: A pterodactyl fossil skeleton
                                                                                                                 hangs at the American Museum of Natural
                                                                                                                                       History in New York.

                  A   robotic spy plane will use technology
                       inspired by the pterodactyl – a creature scien-
                  tists say last flew 65 million years ago — as it attempts to help people during
                  times of disaster.
                     A predator ranging in size from a Canada goose to much larger, the
                  pterodactyl had a rudder-like sail on its head that made it more agile
                  and multiple wing joints that allowed it to control its flight. The new

                  plane — the Pterodrone — will feature a head rudder and wings cut into
                  pieces and connected with movable hinges, powered by tiny motors.
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