The Solar Impulse HB-SIA solar-powered aircraft (Photo: Solar Impulse)


Solar Impulse announces flight across America for next year

By Ben Coxworth
December 13, 2012

Flush with success from their 6,000-km (3,728-mile) Europe-to-Africa round-trip flight earlier this year, the duo behind the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft are now planning on flying it across America next spring. It will mark the first time that a solar-powered plane has traversed the country.

Solar Impulse partners Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg made the official announcement this Tuesday, although the logistics of the flight have yet to be finalized. They have stated that the trip will be broken into 20-hour legs, starting at San Francisco and proceeding to New York City. As with their previous multi-leg flights, the two pilots will take turns flying the aircraft.

Read more: Solar Impulse announces flight across America for next year — gizmag.

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