The First Solar-Powered Flight Around The World Just Took Off

Posted by Mike Confino, March 9, 2015

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On Monday in Abu Dhabi, two Swiss pilots set off in a solar-powered airplane in an attempt to circumnavigate the world — a first-of-its-kind, 22,000-mile endeavor that is scheduled to come full circle in five months.

The pilots, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, will take turns flying the Solar Impulse-2, which, with its one-person cockpit and streamlined 236-foot wingspan, resembles a futuristic version of the Wright Brothers’ original aircraft more than anything seen in the sky today.

via The First Solar-Powered Flight Around The World Just Took Off | ThinkProgress.

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