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Solar plane makes first ‘transcontinental’ flight

The first transcontinental flight by a solar-powered aeroplane took place in early June when the Solar Impulse craft developed by the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne University in Switzerland travelled between the Spanish capital Madrid and Rabat, the capital of Morocco. The 470-mile (760km) flight took approximately 20 hours. The single-seater Solar Impulse plane, which weighs as much as an average family car but nevertheless has a wingspan equivalent to that of a...

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