Solar plane leaves Morocco for Spain

Jul 06, 2012
The Swiss-made solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse piloted by Bertrand Piccard, takes off from Rabat airport. A solar-powered aircraft left the Moroccan capital for Madrid on its return journey to its home port in Switzerland.

A solar-powered aircraft left the Moroccan capital on Friday for Madrid on its return journey to its home port in Switzerland, an AFP correspondent reported.

Piloted by Bertrand Piccard, the , an experimental plane which flies without fuel, took off shortly after 6:00 am (0700 GMT), heading towards Barajas airport in Madrid.

The hi-tech aircraft, which has the of a but weighs no more than a medium-sized car, is fitted with 12,000 feeding four electric motors driving propellers.

Strong winds had grounded the Swiss-made aircraft in Morocco on Tuesday, after it arrived in Rabat a week ago following a successful flight over the Moroccan desert.

It is not known exactly when it is due to return to Switzerland -- capping its first round-trip between Europe and North Africa.

Last month, the solar-powered plane made the 2,500-kilometre (1,550-mile) journey from Madrid to Rabat, its longest to date and its first between continents, after an inaugural flight to Paris and Brussels last year.

The flights are intended as a rehearsal for the goal of a round-the-world trip in 2014 by an updated version of the plane.

Explore further: New studies find significant declines in price of rooftop and utility-scale solar

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Solar plane flies to Madrid Friday

Jul 05, 2012

An experimental solar-powered aircraft will leave the Moroccan capital on Friday for Madrid on its return journey to its home port in Switzerland, Morocco's news agency MAP reported.

Solar plane to take off for Spain on Tuesday

Jul 02, 2012

An experimental solar-powered plane, flying without using any fuel, will leave the Moroccan capital on Tuesday for Madrid on its return journey to its home port in Switzerland, organisers said.

Solar plane takes off for return flight to Rabat

Jun 29, 2012

An experimental solar-powered plane, flying without using any fuel, took off Friday for Rabat on a return journey after its successful flight over the Moroccan desert, the plane's owner announced.

Recommended for you

Peugeot hybrid compressed-air car set for Paris Motor Show

13 hours ago

An 860-kilogram concept city car from Peugeot indicates impressive fuel economy. This latest concept "has its sights set on meeting the French government's goal of putting an affordable 2.0l/100km (141mpg) car into production by 2020," said Jordan Bis ...

Apps for electric cars

17 hours ago

Siemens is equipping electric cars with completely redesigned information and communications technology (ICT). Basically, the idea is to control a variety of vehicle functions on a uniform, centralized computer ...

User comments : 0