16 May '11, 9pm

Solar Plane Completes First International Flight

Solar Plane Completes First International Flight

As the airline industry tests greener alternatives to jet fuel , the leaders of the Solar Impulse project are pushing ahead with their plan to put planes in the sky that do not use fuel at all. Powered only by solar energy, the prototype plane Solar Impulse HB-SIA completed its first international flight -- a trip from Switzerland to Belgium that spanned 340 nautical miles and lasted just a minute less than 13 hours. With CEO and project co-founder André Borschberg at the controls, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA took off at 8:40 a.m. Friday from Payerne airbase in Switzerland and landed at 9:39 that night at Brussels Airport. "It's unbelievably exciting to land here in Brussels, at the heart of Europe, after flying across France and Luxemburg," said Borschberg after completing the flight. "And to fly without fuel, noise or pollution, making practically no negative impact, is a g...

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