Dinosaur Inspires Modern Air Drone

Paleontologist Sankar Chatterjee of Texas Tech University and aeronautical engineer Rick Lind of the University of Florida are working together to bring this project to life. With help from their students Andy Gedeon and Brian Roberts, they hope to precisely replicate the physical characteristics of the Brazilian-native Tapejara wellnhoferi pterodactyl.

Written by: Jessica Behnham

American scientists entered a very daring enterprise. They want to create a replica of the famous pterodactyl, for use in military applications. The idea is not only to create a viable flying reconnaissance drone, but also to equip it with the ability to walk, to morph its wing shape and to sail the oceans. Furthermore, it is to be outfitted with smell sensors, so it can collect all relevant data to a particular situation or environment.

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