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    solar-powered flight

    Solar Impulse is a Swiss long-range solar-powered aircraft project led by Swiss psychiatrist and aeronaut Bertrand Piccard, who co-piloted the first balloon to circle the world non-stop, and Swiss businessman André Borschberg. The project hopes to achieve the first circumnavigation of the Earth by a piloted fixed-wing aircraft using only solar power.

    Next year will see the world’s first attempt to circumnavigate the globe in an aircraft entirely powered by the sun. Led by engineer André Borschberg and psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse is an attempt to show the world what is possible with solar power.

    Having already demonstrated the ability to fly non-stop for 24 hours in their first solar plane, the pair has now unveiled a second, more efficient single-seater craft that will enable them to take turns flying for up to five consecutive days and nights at a time — including flights over the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.