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By Michael P. Orsi
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Topic - Andre Borschberg
Alone in the single-seat cockpit and high above the American Southwest, pilot Bertrand Piccard could hear only his plane's gear box and the quiet whine of four electric motors. No noisy jet engines.
An experimental solar plane hoping to one day fly around the world tried again Thursday to fly over Morocco's Atlas Mountains after being thwarted a week ago by high winds.
Morocco's ambitious and expensive plan to draw 40 percent of its energy needs from the limitless power of its blazing sun by 2020 received a publicity boost this week as the first solar powered plane to make an intercontinental flight landed in the North African kingdom.
An experimental solar-powered airplane took off from Switzerland on its first transcontinental flight Thursday, aiming to reach North Africa next week.
The plane making one of the biggest splashes at the Paris Air Show carries a grand total of one person and is often delayed because there's too much wind or too little sun.
A team of adventurers aiming to fly a solar-powered plane around the world by 2013 say they hope to take their prototype for a spin across Switzerland this weekend.
After 24 hours of flight, Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg landed the Solar Impulse, a plane powered solely by energy from the Sun.
Its average speed for the first leg of the trip was about 60 knots with a tail wind, Mr. Borschberg said.
creators, Mr. Piccard and fellow pilot Andre Borschberg, said the trip is the first attempt by a