Solar-powered plane on second international flight

Swiss solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse took off Saturday for its second international flight from Brussels for Paris where it will be showcased at an international air show.

The pioneering aircraft took off at 1637 GMT in cloudy conditions, according to images shown on its website www.solarimpulse.com. Heavy rain and strong winds had prevented it from taking off at 0230 GMT as scheduled.

Solar Impulse HB-SIA, which has the wingspan of a large airliner but weighs no more than a saloon car, made history in July 2010 as the first manned plane to fly around the clock and through the night on the sun’s energy.

Last month it completed its first international flight from Switzerland to Belgium.

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