The aircraft can lift off at just a little over 20 mph and averages a speed just below 45 mph. (Photo by Solar Impulse | Fred Merz)

 
For the around the world flight, the new prototype will come equipped with a more spacious cockpit and better avionics than the original aircraft. (Photo by Solar Impulse | Jean Revillard)

 

Solar Impulse Preps for Flight across America

By Mark Phelps / Published: Mar 05, 2013

The Solar Impulse has arrived from Switzerland at Moffett Field, California — though not under its own solar power. The revolutionary airplane arrived in a crate, and the Solar Impulse team is now working to reassemble it for a planned four-stop flight across the United States this summer.

Read more: Solar Impulse Preps for Flight across America | Flying Magazine.

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