While many of us were asleep, the Solar Impulse 2 completed a successful maiden flight, after having been unveiled on April 9th. Flown by German test pilot Markus Scherdel, the solar-powered plane departed from Payerne Airport in Switzerland at 5:30AM and landed at 7:50AM local time.
The developers behind the Solar Impulse solar-powered plane are trying for a twenty-four hour flight relying on collected energy stored in the batteries to stay aloft at night. With a guy named Piccard heading things, what could go wrong?
Captain Bertrand Piccard's photovoltaic-powered plane "Solar Impulse" flew 1,148ft yesterday in Switzerland at three-foot altitudes. The 262-foot wingspan plane weighs 4,409lbs and has been under construction since 2003. The caveat? They were flying with battery-power assistance. Gallery below