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Monday, May 01, 2006

One glider, 160 AA batteries

From CNET:

There's hardly a gadget in the world today that doesn't require AA batteries--but 160 of them? That's how many it takes to power this glider being set up for launch by students of the Tokyo Institute of Technology on Saturday.

Credit: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

Here, a student checks the power levels of the Panasonic Oxyride batteries before the test flight on Saturday. The glider's length is a little more than 30 feet, and it has a wingspan of about 100 feet. The material used to construct the aircraft included carbon fiber and styrofoam.

Credit: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

In the test flight on Saturday, in the town of Kambara, Japan, the manned glider traveled all of a couple hundred meters.

Credit: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images

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