The plane will takeoff from Payerne airbase in Switzerland on Thursday morning, fly around Switzerland and eastern France and then land early the next morning -- the plane's first round-the-clock flight. The team says the plane will need 25 hours of clear summer weather to successfully complete the the flight.
The plane's wings are covered in 12,000 solar cells which charge the batteries. Those juiced up batteries are responsible for powering the plane's four electric motors and that power storage is what the plane will rely on when flying in the dark.
Since its inaugural flight, the Solar Impulse has completed ten daytime flights. If this test is successful, the team will continue working towards its ultimate goal of flying around the world non-stop in 2013 or 2014.
written by Tom Konrad, July 01, 2010
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