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A solar powered-plane that will go around the world!

Last updated on: June 19, 2014 14:14 IST

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The latest Solar Impulse 2 is geared up for one of the biggest challenges.

It will be the only airplane to fly around the world without a drop of fuel in 2015.

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Image: Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg flies in the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane during its first successful night flight attempt at Payerne airport.
Photographs: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

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Pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, who are also our founders, will fly around the world taking up a daunting challenge for the first time.

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Image: solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental aircraft takes off during its maiden flight at its base in Payerne.
Photographs: Laurent Gillieron/Reuters

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The solar flight across the world will take about 20 flying days. 

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Image: solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental aircraft lands during its maiden flight in Payerne.
Photographs: Laurent Gillieron/Reuters
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The aircraft weighs 2.4 tons, has a wingspan of 72 meters (236 ft.) and more than 17,000 solar cells.

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Image: Solar Impulse co-founder Bertrand Piccard (L) congratulates German test pilot Markus Scherdel (R) after steering the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft on its maiden flight at its base in Payerne.
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The company describes the plane as “Larger in wingspan than a Jumbo Jet, but as light as a SUV, this solar airplane presents structural and aerodynamic features never before encountered.”

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Image: German test pilot Markus Scherdel prepares for take-off in the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft on its maiden flight at its base in Payerne.
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German test pilot Markus Scherdel (C) poses with Solar Impulse co-founders Andre Borschberg (R) and Bertrand Piccard after taking the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft on its maiden flight at its base in Payerne.

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Photographs: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

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Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg performs a low altitude go-round procedure with the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype aircraft during a test flight at Payerne airport.

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Photographs: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

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Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg flies in the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane during its first successful night flight attempt at Payerne airport.

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Photographs: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

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The solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane is seen in the firm's hangar in Payerne.

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Photographs: Pascal Lauener/Reuters

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Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg flies the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane at sunrise during the plane's first night flight attempt near Payerne airport.

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Photographs: Pascal Lauener/Reuters

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German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane touch down after his first flight over Payerne.

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Photographs: Fabrice Coffrini/Reuters

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Solar Impulse's solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane stands still after its first successful night flight attempt at Payerne airport.

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Photographs: Fabrice Coffrini/Reuters

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German test pilot Markus Scherdel, steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight in front of the Swiss Alps.

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Photographs: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

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Technicians and mechanics stand beside the solar-powered 61 metres (200 feet) wingspan Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane on a tarmac at the airport in Duebendorf near Zurich.

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Photographs: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

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The new Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pulled out of its base for the first time for tests with solar panels in Payerne.

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Photographs: Christian Hartmann/Reuters
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Pilot and co-founder of Solar Impulse Bertrand Piccard, sits with electrodes attached to his head in the cockpit of a transatlantic 72 hour flight simulation at the airport in Duebendorf near Zurich.

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A medic connects electrodes to the head of Bertrand Piccard (C) pilot and co-founder of Solar Impulse before the start of a transatlantic 72 hour flight simulation at the airport in Duebendorf near Zurich.

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Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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Ground staff prepare the solar-powered HB-SIA Solar Impulse prototype aircraft before a test flight at Payerne airport.

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Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg flies in the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane above Lake Leman near Vevey during a test flight from its base in Payerne to Geneva International airport.

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Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

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A helicopter flies over the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane steered by German test pilot Markus Scherdel, during his first flight over Payerne.


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