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The Pterodactyl ) ) Flies Again space+aviation) ( ( 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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