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First round-world solar flight stops in China

By TAN YINGZI in Chongqing (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2015-03-31 09:43 Comments

First round-world solar flight stops in China

The Swiss solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2, HB-SIB, prepares to land at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport in Chongqing, March 31, 2015. [Photo/IC]

Solar Impulse is the first solar-powered aircraft capable of flying day and night. It is made of carbon fiber and has 17,248 solar cells built into its wing that supply the plane with renewable energy.

Bertrand Piccard was the pilot for the Myanmar to Chongqing flight. Piccard said it is "a privilege" to bring the first solar-powered plane to Chongqing. "It's amazing for us; it's an honor to be here," he said.

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