01 May '11, 1pm

Solar Powered Plane Prepares for First International Flight

Solar Powered Plane Prepares for First International Flight

Image Credit: Solar Impulse & Brussels Airport. Associated Press and Reuters are reporting that Switzerland's experimental solar powered plane is ready for its first international flight. 'Solar Impulse' is set to take off from Payerne airport in Switzerland and make the flight to Brussels in Belgium powered only by the sun as soon as conditions are right after tomorrow (May 2nd). It's a journey that poses significant risks as it means crossing international air traffic networks. The $123 million brainchild of Swiss adventurer, Bertrand Piccard has been operating test flights in Switzerland since 2009 and is now said to be ready for its inaugural international flight. Previously, the single seated prototype, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 777, made history when it became the first solar powered plane of its type to fly 24 hours on solar power alone. Some 11,600 solar c...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/scitech/solar-powered-plane-pre...

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