Solar Impulse piloted by Bertrand Piccard, has just completed a 6,000 km journey, on 24 July, at 06:30 pm UTC, making the first solar-powered intercontinental round-trip air journey. Image credit: Solar Impulse / Jean Revillard
Image credit: Solar Impulse / Jean Revillard
The experimental solar airplane landed in Payerne, Switzerland, after the trip began two months ago on May 24, between Europe and Africa.
The ‘HB-SIA‘ measuring 21.85 meters in length and 6.4 meters in height, features a large wingspan of 63.4 meters, has been powered using four 10-horsepower motors by energy produced from 11,628 photovoltaic panels.
Images credit: Solar Impulse / Jean Revillard