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Elektra One Solar becomes first solar-electric aircraft to cross the Alps in both directions

It's been quite a month for electric aircraft. First, the Solar Impulse 2 broke distance and duration records when it flew from Japan to Hawaii. Then, two competing teams both claimed to have made the world's first electric flight across the English Channel. Now, Germany's PC-Aero says that its Elektra One Solar has become the first solar-electric plane to cross the Alps in both directions.Read More

PriestmanGoode designs luxurious new aircraft cabin

Newly-designed aircraft cabins for Swiss International Airlines are aimed at making long-haul flights more comfortable for holidaymakers and more productive for business travelers. Designed by PriestmanGoode, the cabins will provide passengers with more space, storage and privacy.Read More

Electric aircraft makes first English Channel crossing

An electric aircraft has crossed the English Channel for the first time. The question is, which one is it? On Friday, Airbus Group announced that its E-Fan technology demonstrator claimed the prize by flying from Lydd, Kent to Calais. However, it soon came to light that French Aerobat Hugues Duval had flown from Dover to Calais 12 hours earlier on Thursday in a Cri-Cri electric plane. Exactly which one gets in the record books may hinge on a technicality.Read More

Solar Impulse 2 stuck in Hawaii after record-breaking flight

Flying around the world on only the power of the sun turns out to be more of a stop-and-go affair than even the team behind Solar Impulse 2 may have guessed. The solar-powered, single-pilot aircraft began circling the globe from Abu Dhabi back in March, but must now remain in Hawaii until early August. While Swiss pilot and Solar Impulse co-founder André Borschberg survived a record-breaking five-day flight from Nagoya, Japan to Oahu with just minimal sleep, SI2's batteries didn't all fare so well without rest.Read More

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Hawaii

Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Hawaii after completing its record-breaking longest leg of the Round the World Solar Flight, that began last March in Abu Dhabi. With pilot André Borschberg at the controls, the solar-powered, single-pilot aircraft touched down today at Kalaeloa Airport just west of Honolulu on the island of Oahu at 5:55 HAST (15:55 GMT). Read More

NASA to test Mars flying wing drone

If a NASA experimental program pans out, the first aircraft on Mars could be a flying wing. Under development at NASA Armstrong, the Prandtl–m is a flying wing glider designed to fly piggyback with a future Mars rover mission to provide low-altitude reconnaissance. It's scheduled to begin test flights later this year.Read More

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