Photos: One ultralight, 160 AA batteries

Photos: One ultralight, 160 AA batteries

Summary: Tech students in Japan load a lightweight aircraft with one pilot and lots and lots of batteries.


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  • Tokyo students set up ultralight

    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 ultralight being set up for launch by students of the Tokyo Institute of Technology on Saturday.

  • Checking the power levels

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

Topics: Travel Tech, Hardware

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