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The first prototype of the battery-power plane
Tokyo, Japan - An aircraft with a wingspan of 31 m and a weight of 44 kg
It is the first ultralight aircraft powered by conventional batteries. It was powered by 160 AA batteries, which are commonly used in portable CD players and cameras. Thanks to members of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, an aircraft with a wingspan of 31 m and a weight of 44 kg, flew for about one minute and flew some 400m. "I was careful at take-off as it was very difficult", said pilot Tomohiro...
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