Gallery: World’s First Solar-Powered Blimp Set to Cross the English Cha...


Can a blimp propelled entirely by solar power cross the English Channel? We’re about to find out! Nephelios, the world’s first solar blimp, was built by Projet Sol’r — a collaboration between students at engineering and technical schools in France. Now, almost a year after its debut (and a year after it was supposed to launch), the helium-filled airship is ready for action — its inaugural flight is set to take place as soon as next week.

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  1. airshipblimp June 25, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Great to see a new cross channel attempt. I think a solar powered round the world flight is possible, but it will need to be a bigger flatter bag blimp with more area for solar panels and batteries for the night.
    If you want to see more on modern airships, past, present and future see: or if you just want a helium sniffing laugh try the worlds only lighter than air comedy site, with lots of funny pictures and U tube links fit for all the family.
    Regards Bond, James Bond.
    (Skyship blimp pilot in a View to a Kill)

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