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2011-05-13 11:15:00

Solar Impulse HB-SIA, the first Swiss solar-powered aircraft, once again took flight this week, but this time on an international journey from Switzerland to Belgium. In 2010 the experimental emissions-free aircraft set a record for the longest flight by a manned solar-powered airplane, reports AFP. Solar Impulse stayed aloft above Switzerland for 26 hours, 10 minutes and 19 seconds, and also set a record for altitude at 30,298 feet. Since then, the aircraft has flown several more times,...

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2008-02-19 10:00:00

Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard wants to be the first man to fly a solar-powered airplane around the world. The problem, he says, is that more money is needed to finish building the craft. He said that the prototype of the "SolarImpulse" plane, which relies on no fuel or emissions, was already in the works. So, far Piccard said Solar Impulse has already raised $60 million of the $90 million project."What we need now is to have the second part of the funding, for the second airplane to fly...

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2005-02-28 07:13:45

PARIS (AFP) -- Icarus crashed and burned when he flew too close to the sun, but now a Swiss adventurer wants to carve out a place in history by harnessing solar energy to fly a state-of-the-art plane around the world. So far the plane to be used by 47-year-old psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard exists only in the computers of the researchers at the Lausanne polytechnic, where a team of about 50 scientists are working on the 40-million-euro project, funded by four sponsors who so far remain in the...


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bodacious
  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
  • Completely; extremely.
  • Audaciously; boldly.
  • Impressively great in size; enormous; extraordinary.
This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'
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