Here’s an incredible look at SolarImpulse, a single-seat aircraft that is fitted with 12,000 solar cells across its immense wings, “but only weighs as much as the average family car.” It has just become the first solar-powered plane to make a transcontinental flight. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.


Solar Impulse arrived in Madrid from Switzerland in late May on the first leg of the journey, but the delicate craft was delayed for several days by bad weather before it could continue its journey to Morocco. The two-leg Europe to Africa trip covered 1,554 miles.

The light craft can only fly in perfect weather. The plane has managed to climb to 28,000 feet and reached top speeds of over 75 mph, though its usual cruising speed is just over half that.


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