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Solar Impulse Hits Another Milestone

Solar Impulse
The Solar Impulse on approach at Switzerland’s Payerne Airfield May 28.

May 28, 2010 — Solar Impulse reported a milestone in its HB-SIA solar-powered aircraft project Friday, May 28, as the plane’s four 10-hp electric motors ran exclusively on power collected by its nearly 12,000 solar cells while simultaneously generating additional energy.

André Borschberg, Solar Impulse CEO and co-founder, wrote on the company’s blog, “When I activated the solar cells of the HB-SIA during my second flight today, the aircraft not only started to produce electricity, but also was able to recharge its batteries. At this precise moment, when the Solar Impulse produced more energy than it was currently consuming, the fulfillment of a dream – to fly solely on solar power, day and night – came one step closer to reality.”

The aircraft flew at Payerne Airfield in Switzerland. The project’s ultimate goal is to fly around the world propelled only by solar energy to fuel the engines and stored electrical power for night flight. Learn more at www.solarimpulse.com.

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