Fully Solar-Powered Plane Will Tour Around the World in 2015
Swiss pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard who flew a solar-powered plane who successfully crossed a coast-to-coast flight in United States last summer will uncover the latest generation of solar plane which will be use to tour around the world by 2015.
Last summer, the two pilots flew alternately different solar-powered plane called Solar Impulse, crossing California to New York after almost two months and five scheduled stops. This time, Borschberg and Piccard are planning to fly the Solar Impulse 2 plane that will circumnavigate the world.
The Solar Impulse plane is the very first aircraft that could fly during day and night without the use of fuel. The plane is made up of super lightweight materials and is powered by solar panels and on-board batteries. The batteries continues to charge during day allowing the plane to continue fly even if the sun goes down already.
SEE ALSO: Facebook Plans to Use Drones and Lasers to Bring Affordable Internet
This April 9, the new solar-powered plane, dubbed as Solar Impulse 2 will be reveal in a ceremony starting at 9 a.m. EDT that will be also webcast live from their website Solar Impulse.
Solar Impulse 2, Official Presentation Trailer – April 9
“On April 9, 2014, Solar Impulse 2, The Round-The-World Solar Airplane will be presented for the first time. ..”
Solar Impulse – 2015 The First Round-The-World Solar Flight
“Solar Impulse is an innovative project leveraging technological prowess and the spirit of adventure by means of an airplane. It was launched in 2003 by a visionary and an entrepreneur, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, challenging common certitudes and making room for a glimpse into a more sustainable future…”