Solar Impulse 2 makes first flight
June 2, 2014
By David Szondy
Following in the wake of the Solar Impulse that completed a transcontinental flight in 2012 and multi-stage flight across the US last year, Solar Impulse 2 is an experimental single-seater aircraft built by the Solar Impulse company founded by psychiatrist and explorer Bertrand Piccard and engineer and entrepreneur André Borschberg. It will be used by Piccard and Borschberg for their attempt at the first solar-powered flight around the world in 2015, and its designers also regard it as a flying laboratory for testing new technologies.
...“This inaugural flight is an important stage – a step closer towards the round-the-world flight,” says Borschberg. “It is also a huge emotional step for the entire team and all our partners who have worked on the aircraft.
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