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Solar plane set to make flight history

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 01:12

May 23 - Swiss pilots seeks to make flight history by setting a new distance record on their solar-powered plane. Jessica Gray reports.

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A giant solar-powered plane prepares for takeoff in Phoenix, Arizona. Solar Impulse is the brainchild of two Swiss pilots who are hoping to make flight history. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PILOT ANDRE BORSCHBERG SAYING: "This airplane becomes a symbol, in some ways the ambassador for this kind of vision, reducing or saving energy by using the technologies in the proper kind of way." They are set to attempt a long-distance solar flight record by crossing more than 830 miles to reach Fort Worth, Texas in about 17 hours. The aircraft runs on about the same power as a motor scooter. The energy is collected from the 12,000 solar cells built into the wings that continuously recharge the batteries with a storage capacity equivalent to that of a Tesla electric car. This is the second leg of a cross-country journey that will take the plane all over the United States. Solar Impulse flies about 43 miles per hour and can reach heights of 28,000 feet.

Solar plane set to make flight history

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 01:12

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