Swiss solar powered airplane launches first international flight

From calgaryherald.com

Pioneering Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse, which holds a 26-hour record for flight duration, took off from Switzerland on Friday on its first international flight to Belgium.

The experimental emissions-free aircraft is expected to take about 12 hours to complete the journey to Brussels Airport, the team said.

The dragon fly-like single seater, piloted by co-founder Andre Borschberg, lifted off gently in clear blue skies from Payerne airbase, in western Switzerland, at 8:40 am (0640 GMT) after being delayed by early morning mist, an AFP photographer said.

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