The Longest Solar-Powered Flight

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This week, a group of young adventurers set a new record for the longest solar-powered flight on a paramotor (machine powered paragliders). The nine pilots, including four from the Cardozo family, flew 1,242 miles from Monte Carlo to Morocco, using just the backpack-sized device.

Covering 130 miles a day at a height of about 1,500 ft., the pilots took turns flying the paramotor across the Mediterranean coast. The most harrowing part of the journey was flying over the shark-infested waters off the Straits of Gibraltar.

The paramotor was powered by lithium batteries, re-charged by 12 solar panels placed on top of the support vehicles that followed the pilots, along the entire route. Three other bio-ethanol powered paramotors, were also used.

Equipment malfunction , failed launches and emergency landings all added to the excitement of the two-week adventure. However, besides a pilot breaking a foot, everybody returned back home safe and sound, with not only a new world record, but also, $15,000.USD raised for a Ataxia, a disease that attacks the human nervous system. To read more about this flight and other fun adventures the Cardozo family has been involved with, check out their site http://www.theincrediblewebsite.org.

sources: dailymail.co.uk,theincredibleswebsite.org,mail.co.uk.

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11 Comments
  • eaglegamer
    eaglegamerFriday, December 21, 2018 at 10:15 am
    very cool
    • CarlitoWednesday, September 12, 2018 at 11:32 am
      Cool man
      • dogofan101
        dogofan101Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:19 am
        cool
        • ABCDEFriday, November 9, 2012 at 8:23 am
          what... thats so coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool
          • bobFriday, January 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm
            OVER 1YEAR AGO COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
            • bobFriday, January 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm
              SICK
              • bobFriday, January 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm
                sick
                • mdp1234Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 6:03 am
                  coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllll!
                  • aWednesday, August 19, 2009 at 9:42 am
                    Defiantly amazing
                    • LibbySunday, August 16, 2009 at 4:10 am
                      it's ok