Solar Plane Lands In Morocco On Historic Flight

Solar Plane A solar plane landed late Tuesday in the Moroccan capital Rabat after flying across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain on the world’s first intercontinental flight in a plane powered by the sun.

Bertrand Piccard, a 54-year-old Swiss psychiatrist and balloonist, landed Solar Impulse at 11:30 pm (2230 GMT) under a full moon at Rabat Sale airport where he was welcomed by officials of the Moroccan Solar Energy Agency (MASEN).

Big marquees had been erected near the airport for the organisers of the flight, shown live on the site solarimpulse.com.

The plane was to stay in Rabat for five days before taking off for Ouarzazate in the south of Morocco for the launch by King Mohammed VI of construction of the largest-ever solar thermal plant.

The solar plane had taken off from Madrid’s Barajas airport at 5:22 am (0322 GMT).

-AFP

  1. Elise H. Reply

    It won’t be long now until they will make a Boeing fly with the help of solar rays.

  2. olumyde Reply

    Great invention.

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