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Solar-powered flight completed in Switzerland

07-09-2010 08:47 BJT

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The Solar Impulse aircraft landed at an air base in Switzerland after a successful flight. According to organizers, the flight is the highest and longest in the history of solar aviation.

After more than a day in the air powered by the sun, the Solar Impulse touches down in Switzerland.

The plane's 26-hour flight successfully demonstrated its ability to fly at night,using energy stored up during the day in its 12,000 solar cells.

Flying without traditional fuels,the glider-like aircraft reached an altitude of more than 8,500 metres above sea level.

Pilot Andre Borschberg says the test flight surpassed expectations.

Andre Borschberg, pilot, CEO and Co-Founder of Project, said, "We almost thought to make it longer but we said no, we demonstrated what we wanted to demonstrate so they made me come back, so here I am but it was gorgeous."

The Solar Impulse aircraft landed at an air base in Switzerland after a successful flight. According to organizers, the flight is the highest and longest in the history of solar aviation.

The Solar Impulse aircraft landed at an air base in Switzerland after a successful 
flight. According to organizers, the flight is the highest and longest in the 
history of solar aviation.

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