Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hot News - Solar Impulse will fly Swiss-Moroccan

Swiss-made solar-powered aircraft called the "Solar Impulse", the largest of its kind in the world, will fly across the continent early in May or June, the company Solar Impulse said in a statement on Tuesday.

Aircraft with a crew of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg will attempt flew over 2,500 kilometers so far as to take off in Payerne, Switzerland west, then crossed the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean without the use of the fuel until it landed in Morocco, Africa, Xinhua reported.

The exact date of the flight will be decided according to the weather. Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg will take turns flying the plane on its way for 48 hours, with stops scheduled near the middle of Madrid, Spain to replace the pilot.

Flight with a long time it will be a dress rehearsal for the 2014 flight around the world and will give the team some experience in working with a number of international airports, together prototypes to be a reasonable form of aerial vehicles and manage the logistics of care, said Borschberg who also served as Vice-Founder and Managing Director of Solar Impulse.

"Solar Impulse", the first aircraft that can fly day and night with no fuel or exhaust gas issue, has a wingspan of 63.4 meters wide, as wide as the Airbus A340, and weighs only 1,600 kilograms.

The plane has 12 thousand solar cells are mounted on either wing so that it can provide power for the fourth movement of the electrical machine.

The plane first flew internationally from Switzerland to Brussels on May 13, 2011 and marks the second international flight to Paris in June 2011.

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