Experimental solar plane flies overnight

Solar Impulse Aircraft

Solar Impulse Aircraft

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.

Source: swissinfo.ch