So­lar plane sets off on lat­est leg

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A so­lar-pow­ered air­craft has taken off from Cal­i­for­nia in the US head­ing for Ari­zona, the lat­est leg of its jour­ney around the world us­ing only en­ergy from the sun. The Swiss-made So­lar Im­pulse 2 took off from Moun­tain View shortly af­ter 5am yes­ter­day for an ex­pected 16-hour flight to Phoenix. Swiss pi­lot An­dre Borschberg is at the helm of the plane that be­gan cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion of the globe last year af­ter it took off from Abu Dhabi. Borschberg’s co-pi­lot, Ber­trand Pic­card, also from Switzer­land, made a three-day trip from Hawaii to the heart of Sil­i­con Val­ley, where he landed last week. So­lar Im­pulse 2’s wings are equipped with 17,000 so­lar cells that power pro­pel­lers and charge bat­ter­ies. Af­ter Phoenix, the plane will make two more stops in the United States be­fore cross­ing the At­lantic.

FLYING: Borschberg at the con­trols

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