Swiss team postpones solar plane night flight

(AP) -- A Swiss team planning to circle the globe in a solar-powered plane has postponed a 24-hour test flight because of an equipment problem.

Bertrand Piccard, co-founder of the team, says he cannot say when the next attempt will be made.

But he says the has to happen before the beginning of August because after that the days will be too short to charge the plane's batteries to last through the night.

Pilot Andre Borschberg says the problem is with a piece of measuring equipment.

Piccard told supporters and reporters at the Payerne airfield in Switzerland on Thursday that it was the team's first setback.

"If this project was easy, everybody else would have already done it," he said.


Explore further

Swiss team plans to fly solar plane all night

©2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Citation: Swiss team postpones solar plane night flight (2010, July 1) retrieved 24 September 2021 from https://phys.org/news/2010-07-swiss-team-postpones-solar-plane.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
0 shares

Feedback to editors