Over on sister site CleanTechnica, I’ve written about the Swiss solar plane known as the Solar Impulse many times. The world-record-holding plane now announced that it’s soon going to attempt its longest journey to date, which would set another world record. It will soon attempt a flight from Siwtzerland to Morocco that is projected to take 48 hours.
“After its inaugural flight to Paris and Brussels in 2011, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg’s solar airplane will attempt, for the first time ever, to fly over 2,500 km (1,550 miles) without using a drop of fuel, finally landing in Morocco,” Solar Impulse just announced this week.
Piccard will fly part of the way and Borschberg the rest of the way, probably making the switch near Madrid, all the while not using any fuel beyond what the sun provides.
This trip, planned for May or June of this year, is a sort of prep flight for a 2014 around-the-world trip.
Solar Impulse Background
While flights in this plane may not be very practical for most right now, think about how fast we’ve transitioned from the Wright brother’s early, dinky planes to the jets we fly in today. Also, this plane is really just a testament to the tremendous leaps and bounds we’ve made in the solar power sector in general in the past few decades (or even just the past few years). Kudos to the great folks in the solar sector moving us forward and the great folks involved in the solar impulse project — hopefully it encourages and inspires more people to go solar!