Swiss parachutist makes world's first jump from solar-powered plane

Source: AFP Published: 2020/8/26 18:38:40

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A parachutist completed the world's first jump from a solar-powered aircraft Tuesday after the plane soared to a height of 1,520 meters over western Switzerland, Swiss organizers said.

The two-seater prototype plane made the test flight in good weather to promote renewable energy. Parachutist Raphael Domjan reached a speed of 150 kilometers per hour during his jump, landing near the project base in Payerne.

"This is the first time ever that someone jumped from an electric aircraft. And this is something that is changing the future for this sport for sky divers," said Domjan, the instigator of the SolarStratos project.

In 2022, the team aims to carry out a high-altitude flight powered exclusively by solar energy, seeking to reach the stratosphere with an altitude of 20,000 meters.

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