Solar Impulse Unveils Fuel-Free Plane for Round-the-World Flight

The Swiss team that flew a solar-powered airplane across America has unveiled the even bigger plane that they plan to take around the world a year from now.   “It’s the most incredible airplane of its time,” Bertrand Piccard, the president and co-pilot of the Solar Impulse venture, told VIPs who gathered at Switzerland’s Payerne Air Field on Wednesday for the first public look at the 236-foot-wide (72-meter-wide) aircraft.  Like last year’s Solar Impulse plane, the Solar Impulse 2 craft is festooned with solar cells that power the electric motors without a drop of fuel. But this time around, the plane’s wingspan is more than 25 feet (8 meters) wider. It’s built from carbon composite materials that are even lighter— and it’s capable of going faster, up to 87 mph (140 kilometers per hour)

Image: Solar Impulse 2

The Solar Impulse 2 airplane is unveiled Wednesday during a VIP ceremony in Payerne, Switzerland.…MORE

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