Parachutist makes world's first jump from solar-powered plane

By Denis Balibouse PAYERNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - A parachutist completed the world's first jump from a solar-powered aircraft on Tuesday after the plane soared to a height of 1,520 metres (nearly 5,000 ft) over western Switzerland, Swiss organisers said. The two-seater prototype plane made the test flight in good weather and to promote renewable energy. Parachutist Raphael Domjan reached a speed of 150 kilometres per hour during his jump, landing near the project base in Payerne.

Reuters August 26, 2020 00:12:57 IST
Parachutist makes world's first jump from solar-powered plane

Parachutist makes worlds first jump from solarpowered plane

By Denis Balibouse

PAYERNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - A parachutist completed the world's first jump from a solar-powered aircraft on Tuesday after the plane soared to a height of 1,520 metres (nearly 5,000 ft) over western Switzerland, Swiss organisers said.

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

"Today there were many firsts but the most important is [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 and who co-piloted the plane.

"It was the first time we did a solar skydive, I climbed with the energy coming from the solar cells of the plane," he said.

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 metres.

(Reporting by Denis Balibouse; writing by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

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