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Experimental plane flies overnight on solar power

ZURICH, Switzerland - An experimental airplane landed safely yesterday after flying through the night propelled entirely by 12,000 solar cells and sunlight-powered lithium batteries.

The HB-SIA carbon-fiber aircraft, flown by Andre Borschberg, 57, and weighing about as much as a mid-size car, touched down at Payerne, near Lake Neuchatel, at 9 a.m., the Solar Impulse group said.

The flight was part of the project's $95-million effort sponsored by Deutsche Bank to eventually pilot the first flight around the globe using only solar energy. - Bloomberg News

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