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Solar plane global bid lifts off

Sunday, March 08, 2015 - 00:47

Solar Impulse Two takes to the skies in an attempt to make the first round-the-world solar-powered flight. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Swiss-built solar plane, Solar Impulse Two, has taken off from the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi at the start of an at the first round-the-world solar powered flight. Swiss adventurers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg will take turns piloting the single-seat, 2,300-kilogramme Solar Impulse plane on its pioneering flight. Its 72-metre wingspan is greater than that of a Boeing 747. The route includes stops in Oman, India, Mandalay, Myanmar, and China. After crossing the Pacific Ocean via Hawaii, it will fly across the continental USA, stopping in three locations: Phoenix, New York City, and a location in the Midwest that will be decided later. After crossing the Atlantic, the final legs will include a stopover in Southern Europe or North Africa before returning to Abu Dhabi. Made from of a lightweight carbon fibre frame, the Solar Impulse aircraft will carry zero fuel and produce zero carbon emissions on its journey. The plane will be powered entirely from the 17,000 solar cells embedded in its wings. It is also the first solar-powered plane which can fly through the night.

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Solar plane global bid lifts off

Sunday, March 08, 2015 - 00:47