Solar Impulse: Solar Plane Attemts Intercontinental Flight
Solar Impulse: Clean Plane in Europe Test Flight: Live Video
Solar Impulse, the Swiss-built solar-powered plane, is attempting a flight from Switzerland to Morocco. Solar Impulse, whose 200-foot wingspan is home to its solar-panel power source, took around 20 hours to fly from Payerne to Madrid, where it must stop for repairs and a change of pilot.
Aside from tweeting like mad, the Solar Impulse team is also providing live video, which you can see below.
Solar Impulse project is using the intercontinental flight as a technical rehearsal for a round-the-world trip, which is tentatively scheduled for 2014 (the Solar Impulse team hoped to do the trans-global in 2011).
At the moment, the solar-powered aircraft is really big and really slow: ground speed is 89km/h(55mph).
However, if this test flight proves successful, we could see a new future in commercial aviation, which is at the moment stuck somewhere in the nineties: we don't even have hybrid engines for taxiing yet.
Live Video from Solar Impulse