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SWISS ad­ven­turer Xavier Ros­set took off on Sun­day from Sion, Switzer­land, for a trip around the world in a mo­torised ul­tra­light air­craft.

The 41-year-old for­mer pro­fes­sional snow­boarder plans to cover more than 80,000km, and visit at least 50 coun­tries dur­ing the trip.

The goal of the jour­ney is to meet new peo­ple, ex­pe­ri­ence new cul­tures, and ex­plore the world, Ros­set said be­fore he took off. His mo­torised hang glider weighs 240kg, has a wing-span of 9.85m and can reach a max­i­mum speed of 157km/h.

The trip, com­posed of three stages, is sched­uled to end in the third quar­ter of 2019.

For his pre­vi­ous ad­ven­ture project, Ros­set sur­vived liv­ing alone on a South Pa­cific is­land for 300 days (tinyurl.com/ TedX-Ros­set). – dpa

— AP

Ros­set with the tiny craft that will take him around the world.

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