The first plane to fly day and night on solar power took off Friday from Moffett Field in California, headed across the U.S. Two pilots will take turns flying 20-hour stretches apiece on the 5-leg trip, ending at New York's JFK Airport in early July. The Solar Impulse HB-SIA aircraft has the wingspan of a jumbo jet but the weight of a car, and will travel about 40 miles an hour.
The Solar Impluse HB-SIA is designed to fly day and night without fuel. A prototype is scheduled for a test flight before the end of the year.
This story misstated the day the SIA made its announcement. It is Wednesday.
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Semiconductor sales will reach $214 billion this year, a new record high. But next year will be about the same.
George Scalise, president of SIA, says the federal government needs to do more to encourage domestic chip production.
Chip sales dropped to $18 billion in June, a 0.5 percent decline from the $18.1 billion reported in May, according to the SIA.
SIA aims to match nanotech breakthroughs with federal funding.
The Securities Industry Association's proposals for self-regulation come before this week's congressional hearings, in which analysts will be probed for grade inflation and conflicts of interest.