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September 29, 2013 3:58 PM

Kansas City team claims record for laser-powered drone flight

A team of Kansas City robotics enthusiasts kept a toy helicopter equipped with solar panels airborne for more than 24 hours this weekend by using a laser instead of the sun. Brian Turner of the KC Space Pirates said their accomplishment doubled the previous record for laser-powered flight. More importantly, it showed that the concept works reliably.

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