New Solar Plane Completes First Test Flight in Switzerland

The team behind the SolarStratos solar airplane project had a successful test flight yesterday.

Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the Solar Impulse 2, which circled the globe for the first time last year, congratulated the team on Twitter.

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According to the SolarStratos website, the solar airplane has a length of 8.5 meters and wingspan of 24.9 meters. It is power by solar cells and a 20-kW lithium-ion battery.

Here’s what others had to say about the flight:

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