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Solar-powered plane arrives in Egypt on round-the-world trip

Published 13/07/2016 | 10:46

The experimental solar-powered plane landed in Cairo, Egypt (AP)
The experimental solar-powered plane landed in Cairo, Egypt (AP)

An experimental solar-powered plane has arrived in Egypt on its round-the-world voyage.

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The Solar Impulse 2 flew out of Seville airport in Spain on Monday and landed in Cairo on Wednesday. This leg of the trip had been expected to last about 50 hours and 30 minutes.

The flight, piloted by Swiss man Andre Borschberg, arrived in Seville on June 23 after an unprecedented three-day flight across the Atlantic.

The around-the-world voyage began in March 2015 in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and is due to finish there too.

The wings of Solar Impulse 2, which stretch wider than those of a Boeing 747, are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries. The plane runs on stored energy at night.


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