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Taking Solar Materials to New Heights (update)

3:10 AM MDT | July 8, 2010 | Alex Scott

The world’s first solar-powered aeroplane - packed with novel materials technology has successfully completed its first flight through the night. The plane took off yesterday morning from Payerne air base in Switzerland at 07:51 local time and landed at 9:00 this morning. The plane, which was flown by the project's co-founder and CEO André Borscherg, is made entirely of carbon fiber. It has a wingspan of 63.4 m, and features more than 12,000 solar panels to charge its lithium ion batteries.   The project, named Solar Impulse, aims to promote the...

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