Gallery: Solar-Powered Plane Embarks on First 24hr Flight As Darkness F...

 

Can a solar-powered plane fly at night? We’ll know for certain in just a few short hours. Early this morning the 40-horsepower Solar Impulse aircraft embarked upon its first 24-hour trip. Just before dark, pilot André Borschberg will decide whether or not to continue the flight, drawing power from lithium batteries that store a charge from the 11,000-plus solar cells on the craft.

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