Solar plane debuts with eye on world trip
PAYERNE (Switzerland): A German test pilot lands the experimental aircraft ‘Solar Impulse 2’ after its first flight at an air base here on Monday
PAYERNE: A sun-powered plane made a successful test flight on Monday, clearing a vital hurdle towards its goal of a round-the-world trip next year, its pilot and mission chiefs said.
‘Solar Impulse 2’ carried out a flight lasting two hours and IS minutes, half an hour longer than scheduled, German test pilot Markus Scher-del said. “Everything worked as expected,” Scherdel told a press conference at an air base in Paverne, Switzerland. ” … it’s a good start and I’m looking forward to flying the aeroplane the next time.”
Built from carbon fibre, the 2.3-tonne plane has four electrical motors powered by solar cells.