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Solar plane makes 13-hour flight

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by Staff Writers
Brussels (UPI) May 14, 2011
The completely solar-powered Solar Impulse plane finished its first international flight, from Switzerland to Brussels, in about 13 hours, officials said.

CNET.com reported Saturday the plane, its 200-foot wingspan covered by more than 12,000 solar panels, flew the mission Friday without fuel and without producing any pollution.

The plane, piloted by Andre Borschberg, took off from Payerne Airfield in Switzerland shortly before 9 a.m. Friday and climbed to an altitude of about 12,500 feet. It landed in Brussels about 9:40 p.m.

The plane relies on energy produced by the sun and stored in special batteries to keep it aloft.

The plane first flew in 2009. It's owners plan a cross-Atlantic trip later this year, to be followed by an around-the-world trip in 2013.



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Payerne, Switzerland (AFP) May 13, 2011
Pioneering Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse ambled over Europe into Belgium on Friday on its first international flight, with the pilot reporting that everything was running smoothly. "The flight is going really well, I have just flown over Liege, it's a real pleasure to enter Belgian airspace," Andre Borschberg said as the dragonfly-like aircraft cruised at 50 kilometres (31 miles ... read more







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