The first solar plane aimed at reaching the second layer of the Earth’s atmosphere has taken to the skies in Switzerland.
The super-light aircraft called SolarStratos, made its initial test flight a success after taking off from an airbase in Payerne.
The maiden flight featured a two-seat prototype of the plane powered by solar panels set into its long wings.
It took the model seven minutes to complete the trial, reaching an altitude of 300 meters.
The plane is eventually expected to fly as high as 25,000 meters meaning that it will reach the stratosphere.
If successful, SolarStratos will be the very first propulsion-driven aircraft to reach such high altitudes.