Gallery: Solar Impulse Completes World’s First Solar-Powered Interconti...


Late last night the Solar Impulse successfully completed the world’s first solar-powered intercontinental flight! After taking off from Spain, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg piloted their Solar Impulse airplane over 515 miles to their destination in Rabat, Morocco. “This flight marks a new stage in the history of the project because we have reached another continent. Furthermore, after almost 20 hours of flight, we landed with a full set of batteries. This is extraordinary as it represents an increase in confidence in new technologies,” said André Borschberg as the Solar Impulse landed on the runway.

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  1. Rijal December 17, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Mark,Wiring connection blcoks, can be covered up well with some grades of hot glue, and this can then be removed, if needed, with lighter fuel (petrol). An electric drill with a chuck key placed in it can act as a vibrator, to even out the silicon potting compound.

  2. moto electric June 7, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Congratulations To Solar Impulse! This just proves that we CAN find other viable fuel sources for all forms of transportation.

    Here’s another possibility — electric flight….

    The German aircraft company E-Volo has recently successfully completed the first manned flight of an electric “multicopter”. Like its cousins the helicopter and quadracopter, the aircraft gets its lift from a set of electric motor-driven propellers – in this case sixteen of them!

    Until recently, all of the craft’s flights have been unmanned. But in late October, 2011, E-Volo accomplished its first manned flight in southwest Germany, lasting about a minute and a half. Thomas Senkel, the designer/builder of the multicopter, piloted the aircraft from a center-mounted seat, utilizing a handheld wireless control unit. The test flight covered a relatively small amount of area, but proved that the technology is a viable alternative to gasoline powered flight.

    While it may be some time before a commercial version is available, Senkel estimates that it will be practical for flights of 10 to 30 minutes, depending on payload and battery capacity. To read more and link to a video of this unusual flight, visit

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