Markus Scherdel Tests Solar Plane At Payerne Area For First International Flight (Video)

By on Apr 28, 2011 in Amazing, Europe, Science, Technology, World Comments
Solar Airplane by Solar Impulse
Markus Scherdel Tests Solar Plane At Payerne
Image Credit: Solar Impulse

A solar-powered plane by Solar Impulse will be attempting its first international flight starting on May 2, 2011, according to a published article by Solar Impulse.

Brussels will be the first international destination of the solar plane, a single-seater prototype with the wingspan of a Boeing 777.

According to the article, the Solar Impulse team, led by pilot André Borschberg, were busy testing the Swisscom satellite communication systems, and the air traffic integration procedures while conducting “test flights” in the Payerne aerodome.

The European Commission is sponsoring the solar-powered plane project of the Solar Impulse team.

The solar plane will be on display in the European capital on May 23-29, 2011, before flying to Paris-Le Bourget, where it is expected to grace the 49th International Paris Air Show from June 20-26, 2011.

Below is a video of Solar Impulse‘s solar plane being tested by test-pilot Markus Scherdel, uploaded on YouTube by SolarImpulseChannel.

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