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Solar Impulse Team Postpones Flight From Rabat To Madrid
2012-07-02 19:31:24

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The flight of the Solar Impulse HB-SIA aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg from Rabat-Sale International Airport in Morocco to Madrid, scheduled for July 3, 2012, has been postponed until further notice due to unexpected strong high and middle altitude winds. Piccard was to fly the solar-powered airplane over the Strait of Gibraltar at altitudes above 13,000 feet tomorrow (July 3). However the flight director made...

Solar Impulse Continues Journey Home With Flight To Madrid
2012-07-02 12:43:18

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After having flown more than 2,400 miles without a drop of fuel, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg will continue its journey home, with the next flight scheduled to depart from Rabat-Sale International Airport in Morocco at about 8:00 a.m. (local time) July 3, 2012, and arrive at Madrid-Barajas Airport in Spain around 1:00 a.m. on July 4. The flight will take Piccard, who will be at the...

Solar Impulse Plans Return To Rabat And Journey Home
2012-06-28 12:54:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Now that the Solar Impulse team of pilot Andre Borschberg and project coordinator Bertrand Piccard have successfully completed their mission to Ouarzazate, Morocco, they will begin the preparations for their return home to Switzerland, with a return flight to Rabat-Sale International Airport planned for Friday, June 29 at 6:30 a.m. (local time). The first leg of the journey home will take Borschberg and the Solar Impulse aircraft...

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...

2012-06-21 14:20:22

Highlights World Bank-financed Morocco solar project linking Europe, N Africa to power of Sahara sun WASHINGTON, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ (MATIC) -- After completing its historic 2,500-kilometer intercontinental flight to Morocco earlier this month, the Swiss solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse, lifted off from Morocco's capital Rabat this morning on the second attempt at its most challenging flight yet -- to the Sahara desert and Ouarzazate, where Morocco is building the...

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...

Solar Impulse Does 180, Returns To Rabat
2012-06-14 06:23:59

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com The Solar Impulse, piloted by project CEO and co-founder Andre Borschberg, made a safe landing at Rabat-Sale International Airport after facing unexpected headwinds and unbearable turbulence during its southern journey to the city of Ouarzazate, Morocco. Borschberg took off from Rabat at 8:07 a.m. (local time) on June 13, and made the call to turn his solar-powered aircraft around and head back to Rabat at 3:33 p.m. on June 13. He landed the plane...

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2012-06-12 08:33:44

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com One week after its arrival in Rabat, Morocco, the ultra-lightweight Solar Impulse aircraft is scheduled to take flight south to Ouarzazate for the first time traveling over a desert-like and mountainous climate, according to the project´s leaders. Andre Borschberg, pilot of the plane that runs on four electric motors, powered only by the Sun´s energy, said this next stage will be the most difficult flight the plane has yet encountered. Because...

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...