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TV show reveals turmoil behind solar-powered flight

From the outside, it looked as if the Swiss-led Solar Impulse project smoothly soldiered through adversity as its solar-powered plane made a record-setting trip around the world in 2015 and 2016. But the perspective was different when seen from the inside: The … Continue reading

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Solar-powered plane finishes global circuit

Solar Impulse’s history-making 22,000-mile flight around the world ended tonight with a solar-powered landing in the dark in Abu Dhabi, where it all began more than 16 months ago. After two straight days of flying, Swiss psychiatrist-adventurer Bertrand Piccard aced the landing at … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse starts last flight of global odyssey

The Swiss-built Solar Impulse 2 airplane rose into the skies over Cairo, Egypt, tonight to finish off its 16-month, 22,000-mile, fuel-free journey around the world. The 17th and final leg of the odyssey began at 1:29 a.m. Sunday local time (4:29 p.m. PT … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse gets its pyramid photo op in Egypt

After a photo op with the Great Pyramids, the Solar Impulse 2 airplane touched down in Egypt for the last layover in its 16-month, round-the-world odyssey. Solar Impulse pilot and co-founder Andre Borschberg finished up his final turn at the … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse heads for final layover in Egypt

Sixteen months after it started, the fuel-free Solar Impulse 2 airplane took off before dawn Monday for what’s expected to be the second-last leg of its round-the-world journey, heading from Spain to Egypt for a pyramid photo op and a Cairo … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse crosses Atlantic to land in Spain

The world’s most traveled fuel-free airplane, Solar Impulse 2, made better time than expected and landed in Spain today, leaving only 10 percent of its round-the-world odyssey to go. “The Atlantic has always been the symbol of going from the … Continue reading

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Solar Impulse begins four-day Atlantic crossing

The all-electric Solar Impulse 2 plane left America’s shores tonight and began what’s expected to be a 90-hour trip across the Atlantic Ocean to Spain. This 3,600-mile leg of the solar-powered, round-the-world flight ranks as the longest single stretch since … Continue reading

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