Solar-Powered Plane To Make First Trans-Mediterranean Flight (VIDEO)
Posted Jul 5th 2011 09:10 AMUpdated Jul 5th 2011 03:23 PM
Encouraged by a recent flight to Belgium and France, the team is considering flying to Morocco next year.
The pilot and engineers on the Solar Impulse team will be challenged by the trans-Mediterranean trip as the plane is very sensitive to turbulence. It will also have to remain airborne for 48 hours.
Pilot Andre Borschberg told the Associated Press: "We'd like to be able to do flights of a duration of two days, two nights, which is a big challenge for only one person on board."
Borschberg added that if the 1,200-mile trip to Morocco from Switzerland is successful, the team will attempt flying onward to Turkey before returning home.
Last year, Borschberg completed a 26-hour nonstop test to prove that the 12,000 solar cells attached to the Solar Impulse's 207-foot wingspan can absorb enough sunlight to keep the four-engine plane in the air through the night. What is one more day?
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