Solar Impulse- first solar powered intercontinental journey

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

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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



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