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Record Flight for Electric Powered Aircraft - 250 km/hour

June 12, 2009 — A new electric-powered aircraft that flew for the first time on Wednesday, June 10, set what’s expected to be declared a new world record by flying at a speed of 250 kilometers/hour (155 mph) on Friday, June 12.

A specially built Pioneer Alpi 300 - powered by a 75kW electric motor using brushless technology and lithium polymer batteries - made an eight-minute flight at the World Air Games in Turin, Italy, reaching 250 km/hour as a top speed.

The SkySpark project, as it is named, is coordinated by DigiSky, an Italian engineering company specializing in research and development of technology for aeronautical applications, working in conjunction with Turin Polytechnic University. Projections are that the aircraft will be able to fly at approximately 300 km/hour.

The record flight was made by Maurizo Cheli, an experimental test pilot and the former Italian astronaut who flew on NASA shuttle mission STS 75. The Alpi 300 is one of several aircraft models built by Alpi Aviation srl of Pordenone, Italy.

To learn more about the SkySpark Project, visit www.SkySpark.eu.

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