17 May '11, 6am

Solar Plane Completes World's First International Flight

Solar Plane Completes World's First International Flight

, the first plane in the world to be powered entirely by the sun, recently completed its first international flight — from Payerne, Switzerland to Brussels, Belgium. After a flight lasting 12 hours 59 minutes, using no fuel and propelled by solar power alone, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA landed safely with pilot André Borschberg at the controls. "The objective is to demonstrate what we can do with existing technology in terms of renewable energy and energy savings ," project Borschberg told Reuters by telephone during the flight. See the Solar Impulse land in Brussels: Beyond the challenging goal of flying a solar airplane around the world, the Solar Impulse has a social mission--to promote the maximum use of renewable energies in order to safeguard the sustainability of our planet. The plane, which requires 12,000 solar cells, embarked on its first flight in April 2010, and m...

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Solar Plane Completes First International Flight

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