Solar plane successfully completes first ever night flight

Share

For more than 26 hours, André Borschberg, CEO and co-founder of the Solar Impulse project piloted the aircraft, which has a wing span of 64 meters. The plane was up in the air for the whole day and night, flying solely on solar energy. "This flight is the longest and highest in the history of solar aviation," said Solar Impulse.

Following its success, the company has said it will now be focusing on its attempt to cross the Atlantic and undertake an around the world flight using a second prototype, which is set to go under construction this summer.

?"I’ve been a pilot for 40 years now, but this flight has been the most incredible one of my flying career,” said Mr. Borschberg. “Just sitting there and watching the battery charge level rise and rise thanks to the sun… And then that suspense of not knowing whether we were going to manage to stay up in the air the whole night. And finally the joy of seeing the sun rise and feeling the energy beginning to circulate in the solar panels again.”

Popular content

This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact: editors@pv-magazine.com.

Share

Related content

Elsewhere on pv magazine...

Leave a Reply

Please be mindful of our community standards.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.