Swiss Solar Aircraft Successfully Completed its First International Flight

Swiss Solar Aircraft Successfully Completed its First International Flight

Pioneering aircraft from the Swiss Solar Impulse that works solely on solar power successfully completed its first international flight from Switzerland to Belgium. Solar Impulse holds the record for a 26 hour flight. Otherwise, the path to the airport in Brussels should take about 12 hours, and the flight was headed from the airport Payerne in western

Pioneering aircraft from the Swiss Solar Impulse that works solely on solar power successfully completed its first international flight from Switzerland to Belgium.

Solar Impulse holds the record for a 26 hour flight. Otherwise, the path to the airport in Brussels should take about 12 hours, and the flight was headed from the airport Payerne in western Switzerland. The pilot is a co-founder of Solar Impulse, Andre Boschberg.

Solar Impulse HB-SIA, which has a wingspan as a large aircraft, has a mass as a regular car, and in July 2010. became the first solar aircraft that flew more than 24 hours (exactly 26 hours, 10 minutes and 19 seconds), including night and used only solar energy.

The flight to Brussels is a new challenge since the  international line is a lot more active than those in Switzerland. Aircraft HB-SIA has 12,000 solar cells on their 64 meter wings, which provide energy for the four engines, each of which has an output of 10 horsepower.

The Solar Impulse team is planning during 2013 and 2014 an overseas flights using a slightly larger aircraft.

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