A EUROPEAN research project is developing a solar powered aircraft that could fly around the world without fuel, a development that may have a significantly positive impact on the environment as well as a potentially huge overhaul of the airline industry.
The prototype plane of the European Commission-backed 'Solar Impulse' project, currently under construction in Dübendorf, Switzerland, will have a wingspan of 61 metres and weigh 1,500 kg. Test flights are scheduled for early next year.
André Borschberg, CEO and pilot ...

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