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Solar Impulse Morocco-bound

Solar Impulse Morocco-bound
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A plane fuelled by the sun has begun its first intercontinental flight – from Switzerland to Morocco.

The Solar Impulse is attempting a trip of 2,500 kilometres. Its first planned stop is Madrid, some time this Friday, clouds permitting.

Andre Borschberg took off from a military airport in Payerne early on Thursday.

The Solar Impulse’s wingspan is the same as a large commercial airliner. It weighs the same as a car.

It holds the record for the longest flight by a manned solar-powered aeroplane: more than 26 hours, in 2010, over Switzerland.

A round-the-world flight is planned for 2014.