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June 27, 2011

VIDEO: Solar Impulse Aircraft Takes Flight at Paris Air Show

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Written by: Phil Derner Jr.
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Solar Impulse, a long-range solar powered aircraft made by a technology company in Switzerland, flew a 20-minute flight at the Paris Air Show on Sunday, wowing attendees in its first major airshow appearance.

Registered HB-SIA, the airplane has a 208-foot wingspan (same as an Airbus A340-600) and is powered by 11,628 solar cells, which gives its 4 propellers enough thrust to carry its light maximum takeoff weight of 4,400 pounds into the skies at a mere 22 miles per hour.

This current airframe is a prototype to the second aircraft which will have a pressurized cabin and advanced avionics, designed to allow the aircraft to be aloft for extended periods of time, with the intention of making the first around-the-world flight in a solar powered aircraft. This flight is expected to take place in 2012 over the course of 20-25 days.



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Phil Derner Jr.
Phil Derner founded NYCAviation in 2003. A lifetime aviation enthusiast that grew up across the water from La Guardia Airport, Phil has aviation experience as a Loadmaster, Operations Controller and Flight Dispatcher. He owns and operates NYCAviation and performs duties as an aviation expert through writing, consulting, public speaking and media appearances. You can reach him by email or follow him on Twitter.




 
 

 

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