Tue, Jul 05, 2011
Flight Would Be Next Tuneup For Circumnavigation Attempt
The Solar Impulse team is reportedly considering an attempt to
cross the Mediterranean sea next year as a tuneup to its planned
2014 circumnavigation attempt.
Pilot Andre Borschberg said the solar-powered airplane's
successful flight to France for the Paris Air Show has given the
team the confidence to consider a flight to Morocco in 2012. The
Associated Press reports that Borschberg said on a satellite linkup
that the team would soon like to be able to accomplish flights
lasting two days on solar power alone, which would
certainly be a challenge for a single pilot on board.
Borschberg was bringing the aircraft back to its home airfield
in Payenre, Switzerland following the Paris Air Show. On the Solar
Impulse website, the team reports that the airplane landed back in
Payerne July third, and that the flight to Paris marked the end of
the European phase of the solar flights campaign.
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