Solar Impulse, Swiss solar plane takes off for its first international flight (Video)

By on May 13, 2011 in Amazing, Europe, Science Comments

The Solar Impulse HB-SIA, noted as the first solar plane in the world, took off for its first international flight on Friday, May 13, 2011, as shown in the video below.

Solar Impulse first international flight
Image Credit: bifrare/YouTube

According to Solar Impulse’ official website, the Swiss solar plane is being scheduled to leave the Payerne airbase in Switzerland on Friday at 6 a.m. (local time) and will land at Brussels Airport in Belgium within 12 hours.

However, Belgian news sites reported that Solar Impulse left the Payerne airport at around 8:40 a.m. (local time) due to poor weather condition, and will attempt to make its first international flight.

The Swiss solar plane departed carrying about 11,628 solar cells, and was said to be weighing about 1,600 pounds (0.8 tons) with its wings having a combined length of 63 meters.

As noted at, Bertrand Piccard, a psychiatrist and an aeronaut, who made the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight, is the initiator and chairman of Solar Impulse.

On the other hand, Andre Borschberg, who is also the pilot of Solar Impulse’ first international flight, is the CEO, in which the solar plane will travel over Luxembourg, with an altitude of 3,600 meters and will land in Brussels, Belgium.

Solar Impulse, Swiss solar plane makes its first international flight
Image Credit: bifrare/YouTube/

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