WATCH: Solar Impulse Plans Round-the-World Solar Flight


Solar Impulse: Exploration To Change The WorldIt is some men's great dream to explore the world. Today we present Solar Impulse 2, an aircraft, powered only by the sun that will attempt the First #Round-The-World Solar Flight next year. If you want to learn more about how a plane can fly for days at a time, without any fuel, drop a…2014-04-09T13:26:38Z

Aviation hasn’t been this exciting since the days of Lindbergh and Earhart.

A team called Solar Impulse is getting ready to circumnavigate the globe using an aircraft that is completely solar-powered. You can learn more about Solar Impulse’s mission in the video above.

Solar Impulse is a Swiss long-range solar-powered aircraft project. In 2015, Solar Impulse 2 will attempt the First Round-The-World Solar Flight. The plane is expected to fly day and night, without fuel, for up to 7 days straight.

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In 2013, Solar Impulse flew a plane across America over the course of two months. The final leg of the trip was marred by uncertainty after a tear was found on the left wing of the aircraft. However, all involved in the flight landed safely on the ground.

The Verge reports:

“The Solar Impulse 2 weighs just 5,000 pounds and has a 236-foot wingspan covered entirely in solar cells, more than 17,000 of which are on the plane in total. Its creators say that the single-seat aircraft is also more efficient and generally better built than its predecessor — a necessity for making the approximately five-day-long flights across the Pacific and Atlantic oceans without running into problems.”


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