Morocco: Solar plane takes flight

A solar plane has made a successful flight above the Moroccan desert.

A prototype plane, powered solely by the sun’s rays, has successfully flown across the Moroccan desert, reports AFP.

The Swiss-engineered Solar Impulse took off from Quarzazate in southern Morocco before landing in the capital city Rabat around 17 hours later.

The Solar Impulse’s pilot, Andre Borschber said the journey was “magnificent, [a] very nice flight.”

The flight was the final stage of an epic journey that has taken Borschber from Switzerland, across Spain, and, finally, into Morocco. An earlier attempt at the trip had been abandoned because of bad flying conditions.

The plane has asimilar wingspan to a jumbo jet, weighs the same as a car, and is powered by 12,000 solar cells.

The flights to Morocco are all part of a dress rehearsal ahead of a planned circumnavigation of the globe in 2014.

You can read more about Solar Impulse on their website.

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