Solar-powered plane completes record flight

27 Jul 2010
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The unmanned aerial vehicle the Zephyr - which was designed in Britain - has completed its fortnight of non-stop flight, setting a new world record in the process.

It far outstrips the previous mark of 30 hours and 24 minutes which was set back in 2001 and will go into the record books as long as a representative of the world air sports federation is happy all the necessary rules were followed.

"We are just really delighted with the performance," project manager Jon Saltmarsh told BBC News.

"It's the culmination of a lot of years of effort from a huge number of really talented scientists and engineers."

He added that the fortnight of flight proves that the solar-powered plane is now ready for commercial use, with the Ministry of Defence being targeted as a potential client.

Mr Saltmarsh had previously told BBC News that the flight was a "huge milestone", after it completed the first week of its journey. 

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