Experimental solar plane flies overnight
The experimental solar powered plane named Solar Impulse landed safely at 9:00 at Payerne airfield where it had started at 7:00 one day earlier.
The plane has 12,000 solar panels, a wingspan of 63.4 meters and a weight of only 1,600 kilogram and reached a height of 8,535 meter.
In theory the plane can fly indefinitely said Piccard’s team.
The long-term objective is to fly a second, lighter plane around the world in 20 to 25 days somewhere after 2013.