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.