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Second Time's A Charm: Solar Impulse Touches Down In Ouarzazate
2012-06-23 08:41:02

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com About a week after the Solar Impulse team had to surrender its flight from Rabat-Sale International Airport in Rabat to Ouarzazate, Morocco due to high winds and unbearable turbulence, pilot Andre Borschberg successfully guided the solar-powered aircraft to touchdown in Morocco´s southern region after a 17-hour-plus flight. Landing in Ouarzazate at 12:25 a.m. (local time) on June 22, Borschberg has completed the Solar Impulse´s most difficult...

Solar Impulse Re-Scheduled For June 21 Liftoff To Ouarzazate
2012-06-20 13:37:01

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com A week after its failed attempt to fly from Rabat-Sale International Airport to Ouarzazate, Morocco, the Solar Impulse aircraft will make another attempt Thursday June 21 to complete the 16-hour flight, officials said today. The ultra-lightweight solar-powered plane first attempted to make the flight last Wednesday, June 13, but was forced to turn back midway through the journey due to high winds and unbearable turbulence. Upon safely landing back in...

2012-06-06 14:20:10

Highlights World Bank-financed Morocco solar project to link Europe, N Africa to power from Sahara sun WASHINGTON, June 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ (MATIC) -- The Swiss solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse, touched down to a warm welcome in Rabat, Morocco last night, flying from Madrid and successfully completing the second leg of its record-breaking 2,500-kilometer intercontinental flight from Switzerland to Morocco. Mustapha Bakkoury, President, Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy,...

Solar Impulse Lands In Rabat
2012-06-06 11:49:54

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Green technology and aviation both took a step forward this week with the successful voyage of the Solar Impulse aircraft from Madrid to Rabat, Morocco. The plane, which took 19 hours to complete the trip on June 6, is the size of a jumbo jet, weighs as much as the average car, and was powered by 12,000 solar cells turning four electrical motors. Shortly before the plane´s landing in Morocco, project co-founder Andre Borschberg told reporters that...

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,...

2010-10-29 09:55:00

The July flight of a solar-powered plane built in Switzerland officially set a trio of world records, authorities with the International Aeronautical Federation (FAI) confirmed on Friday. The Ó°cole Polytechnique F©d©rale de Lausanne's (EPFL) Solar Impulse prototype aircraft began its record-setting flight on July 7 and was flown by pilot Andr© Borschberg. During the journey, the Solar Impulse set records for absolute altitude (9,235 meters or 30,298...

2010-09-23 05:50:00

Switzerland's Solar Impulse aircraft made its first cross-country flight on Wednesday, a new achievement by the solar plane following a historic 24-hour flight back in July. Air traffic was stopped at Zurich international airport as the plane made touchdown after its journey from a military base in Payerne 170 miles away. During its flight it achieved altitudes of 500 to 1,000 feet and speeds close to 30 miles per hour, a spokeswoman said. "This is a training for the team, for the airport"...

2010-07-08 12:05:00

A solar-powered aircraft made the history books on Thursday after flying for 26 hours using the sun's energy alone. The experimental Solar Impulse aircraft landed at Payerne airbase in western Switzerland about three hours after daybreak. "It's the first time ever that a solar airplane has flown through the night," said team chief Bertrand Piccard, the Swiss adventurer who masterminded the project. "That was the moment that proved the mission was successful, we made it," said Piccard, who...

2010-07-01 13:30:00

A solar-powered plane set to fly through the night Thursday was grounded after a technical glitch was found, leaving the Solar Impulse crew with just weeks to find perfect weather for the flight. "We are under stress and we hope everything will work," said Bertrand Piccard, the venture's founder and previously the first balloonist to circumnavigate the globe. Solar Impulse aborted its plans for the historic 25-hour flight just an hour before take off by pilot Andre Borschberg from a military...

2010-06-30 05:35:00

The high-tech prototype of a groundbreaking Swiss initiative to fly around the world using solar energy will take to the skies this Thursday in the first attempt at a solar-powered night flight, the AFP news agency reported. The single-seater Solar Impulse aircraft, which boasts the 208-foot wingspan of a large Airbus A340 jet but weighs only 3,500 pounds, will take off from Payerne airbase in western Switzerland. "The situation continues to look good and the likelihood of seeing the HB-SIA...

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Solar Impulse
2014-04-11 10:27:07

The Solar Impulse is a Swiss made long-range solar-powered aircraft project. It was developed at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The project’s goal is to circle the Earth with a piloted fixed-wing aircraft, powered only by solar energy. Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss aeronaut leads the project who was a co-pilot with Andre Borsch berg a Swiss businessman, in the first balloon to circle the Earth non-stop. The Swiss aircraft is a single-seat monoplane which can stay airborne...

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