Solar Powered Plane Completes First International Flight

Solar Powered Plane Completes First International Flight

Solar Impulse, a solar powered plane made it’s first international flight last week. Powered by pure sunshine, it flew 480 km (300 miles) from Payerne, Switzerland to Brussels, Belgium.

Pilot André Borschberg chose Friday the 13th as the date for this historic flight! He departed Payerne at 8:40AM and landed in Brussles at 3PM. During the flight, Borschberg reached a high altitude of 3,600 meters (11,880 feet).

Solar Impulse first flew in April 2010. In July 2010, it flew non-stop for 26 hours, 10 minutes and 19 seconds to became the first solar powered aircraft to fly around the clock. Solar Impulse’s ultimate goal is to become the first solar powered aircraft to circle the earth.

Solar Impulse uses 12,000 solar cells to charge it’s four 10-horsepower electric propellor motors. It has a 63.4 meter wingspan (the same as an Airbus), weighs 1,600 kg and travels at speeds up to 70kph.

Here’s a great video of the historic event. Enjoy!


Credit: Mashable

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