Swiss solar plane to attempt first international flight

Apr 28, 2011
Solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during a flight over Payerne on April 7, 2010. Aeronautical authorities have confirmed world records for the aircraft that flew around the clock in July, including those for the longest and highest flight by such an aircraft.

Switzerland's solar-powered aircraft is expected to attempt its first international flight as early as next week to Brussels, the team managing the project said on Thursday.

"Solar Impulse, the zero fuel , will attempt to fly to Brussels Airport as the destination for its first international flight," said the team in a statement.

"The airplane will be ready for take-off as from 2 May 2011 and will depart just as soon as the weather permits," it added.

Solar Impulse made history in July 2010 as the first manned plane to fly around the clock on the sun's energy.

But an international flight involving a foreign airport will be a "big technical challenge," acknowledged the team.

Months of preparations have gone into planning and training for the task, and an entire team of experts, including meteorological specialists, route planners, air traffic controllers, engineers and IT specialists have been roped in.

" an aircraft like through European airspace to land at an international airport is an incredible challenge for all of us, and success depends on the support we receive from all the authorities concerned," said Andre Borschberg, who piloted July's flight.

Explore further: Colombia transforms old tires into green housing

Related Stories

Solar plane plans first flights across Switzerland

Sep 07, 2010

The team which successfully conducted a round-the-clock flight powered by the sun, Solar Impulse, said Tuesday it is planning three test flights across Switzerland as it ramps up preparations for long-haul ...

Swiss solar plane confirmed as multiple record-breaker

Oct 29, 2010

Aeronautical authorities on Friday confirmed world records for a Swiss solar-powered aircraft that flew around the clock in July, including those for the longest and highest flight by such an aircraft.

Pioneering solar-powered plane makes airborne hop

Dec 03, 2009

The prototype of Solar Impulse, a pioneering Swiss bid to fly around the world on solar power, briefly took off for the first time on Thursday but under battery power, the organisers said.

Recommended for you

Colombia transforms old tires into green housing

5 hours ago

The highlands around the Colombian capital are scattered with small buildings that look like out-of-place igloos but are in fact innovative houses made from the tires that litter the country's roads.

Just how green is wind power?

15 hours ago

Wind power may have a positive image, but setting up offshore wind farms is complicated and energy-intensive. Because Siemens promises its customers and the authorities a high degree of transparency for the ...

Solar Impulse departs Myanmar for China

Mar 29, 2015

Solar Impulse 2 took off from Myanmar's second biggest city of Mandalay early Monday and headed for China's Chongqing, the fifth flight of a landmark journey to circumnavigate the globe powered solely by ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

sender
not rated yet Apr 28, 2011
Wikipedia; Liquid Nitrogen Vehicles
Would like to see some aviation equivalents.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.