Saturday, May 14, 2011

Solar plane makes first international flight

A solar energy plane made the world’s first international flight powered by the sun on Friday to show the potential for pollution-free air travel.

The Solar Impulse took off from an airfield at Payerne in western Switzerland on Friday morning and landed at Brussels airport after a 13-hour flight.

“The objective is to exhibit what we can do with existing technology in terms of renewable energy and energy savings,” project co-founder Andre Borschberg told Reuters by telephone during the flight.He believes that this solar-harnessing technology can be used to power cars and homes. “It is symbolic to be able to go from one place to another using solar energy,” he added.

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