Flight Test of a New Solar-Powered Airplane Has Successfully Been Achieved

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Crédit photo: J. Revillard / Rezo.ch / SolarStratos

 

The next Innovation in Aviation: Solar Planes

 

The first flight test of an all new solar-powered airplane has successfully been achieved! Swiss adventurers behind the project performed a seven-minute flight test at low altitude during “ideal” flight conditions. Next goal: the group anticipates reaching the edge of space!

 

The solar plane is a 82-foot wide, two-seater covered in solar panels. Raphael Domjan, the leader of the SolarStratos project, actually circled the globe in a solar-powered catamaran in 2012 therefore we’re all expecting really cool things coming our way with this amazing project.

 

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Crédit photo: Agence Zeppelin/ SolarStratos

 

Although commercial planes fly between 10,000 and 60,000 feet, the group is thrilled with the success thus far and looking forward to being the first group to take a solar flight covering up to 80,000 feet by 2019.

 

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