Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft, after its successful inaugural Paris-to-Brussels flight last year, hopes to revolutionize air travel by circumnavigating the globe without landing. Image credit Solar Impulse
But first Solar Impulse, will attempt to fly all the way to Morocco from Switzerland, in a trip of 48 hours without refueling, in May or June this year.
Solar Impulse is a Swiss long-range solar powered plane project being undertaken at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg.
The project eventually hopes to succeed in the first circling of the earth with a piloted fixed-wing aircraft using only solar power. The project is promoted by Bertrand Piccard, who co-piloted the first balloon to circle the world non-stop.