An Ancient Creature Is the Model for a Robotic Spy Plane

The researchers, led by Sankar Chatterjee from Texas Tech and Richard Lind from Florida, decided to use the pterosaur as a model because it could walk, fly, and sail over the water. Flexibility will be key to successful drones, which have to operate in varied environments, the researchers said.

Written by: Jessica Behnham

The pterosaur, a winged creature that soared over the heads of dinosaurs 115 million years ago, today debuted as the model for a flying robotic spy. A paleontologist from Texas Tech University, an engineer from the University of Florida, and their students presented plans for the “Pterodrone” at a joint conference in Houston of the Geological Society of America and two other scientific groups.

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