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Solar Impulse

The Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft is due to complete its 6,000-kilometer journey th...

Back in June, the Solar Impulse became the first solar-powered aircraft to achieve intercontinental flight, when it flew from Madrid to Morroco. That flight was part of a larger 6,000-kilometer (3,728-mile) journey which started on May 24th, and ends this Tuesday when the aircraft returns to its starting point of Payerne, Switzerland.  Read More

Pilot Bertrand Piccard, emerging from the Solar Impulse in Morocco (Photo: Solar Impulse)

At approximately 11:30 this Tuesday night, the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft completed its first-ever transcontinental flight, arriving at Morocco’s Rabat-Salé international airport 19 hours and 8 minutes after taking off from a scheduled stop-over in Madrid. Prior to that, on the first leg of its 2012 Crossing Frontiers mission, it took 17 hours, 30 minutes and 50 seconds to fly to Madrid from its starting point at the Payerne aerodrome in Switzerland.  Read More

Solar Impulse founder Andre Borschberg gets out of the cockpit during stopover in Madrid. ...

An aircraft powered with solar energy has landed in Madrid on its way to Morocco. Solar Impulse, a project by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, completed the first leg of its flight to Morocco last Friday. The stopover was scheduled purely for technical reasons and to change pilots.  Read More

Solar Impulse flying at the Paris Air Show in June 2011 (Photo: Solar Impulse)

After its successful inaugural Paris-to-Brussels flight last year, the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft will attempt to fly all the way to Morocco in May or June of this year, a journey almost ten times the distance, and its furthest flight and as a close as it has yet come to a trial run of its round-the-world flight planned for 2014.  Read More

Solar Impulse has successfully completed its first international flight (Solar Impulse dur...

Solar Impulse has successfully completed its first international flight. After spending most of last week on standby waiting for favorable weather conditions, the Swiss solar powered aircraft made the run from Payerne to Brussels on Friday 13 May in a flight that lasted 12 hours 59 minutes. Hats-off to the Solar Impulse team!  Read More

HBSIA during flight testing in Switzerland (Photo: Solar Impulse)

Solar Impulse is on standby for its first international flight this week. Brussels has been chosen as the destination for the first venture outside Swiss borders, which follows the solar powered aircraft's maiden flight and first overnight flight last year and will mark another important step towards the goal of flying around the world in 2012.  Read More

Solar Impulse completes all night flight milestone Solar Impulse HB-SIA (Image: Solar Impu...

A plane powered entirely by the sun that flies at night. It sounds improbable, but Solar Impulse has just proven that it can be done. Following on from its maiden flight in April, the solar plane flew through the night in the skies above Switzerland this week, passing another important milestone on a journey that has already lasted seven years and is set to culminate in an attempt to fly around the world non-stop in 2012.  Read More

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA has completed a successful maiden flight in the skies over Payern...

Following a series of runway tests late last year the Solar Impulse HB-SIA has taken to the air for the first time in the skies over Payerne, Switzerland. Piloted by Markus Scherdel, the completely solar powered craft reached an altitude of 1,200 meters and executed various maneuvers designed to test control systems and verify behavior against flight simulator calculations. The aircraft was in the air for 87-minutes before landing safely to the cheers of the Solar Impulse team.  Read More

Solar Impulse takes to the runway for a low-speed series of tests

Gizmag has followed closely the progress of Solar Impulse from back when it was just a dream through to it latest developments, which now include it’s recent runway test. For the first time, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA has ventured out under its own steam (solar power) and taxied down the runway. Entirely powered by the sun, the aircraft has a giant wingspan of 61m and is covered in almost 12,000 solar cells.  Read More

The Solar Impulse 100% solar-powered aircraft was unveiled near Zurich on June 26th.
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After six long years of planning, talking and hard work, the world has finally had its first look at the 100% solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA. This remarkable feat of engineering, with the wingspan of a Boeing 747 but only the weight of an average family car, has over 12,000 solar cells powering four electric motors with a maximum power of 10HP. The aircraft prototype is expected to take its first flights before the end of the year.  Read More

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