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First Solar Impulse International Flight in Progress

Solar Impulse

May 13, 2011 — The first international flight of the Solar Impulse HB-SIA solar-powered airplane is well under way, and you can follow its journey live here. The flight, piloted by André Borschberg, departed Payerne Airfield in Switzerland at 0640 GMT, bound for Brussels, Belgium. The flight is expected to take about 12 hours, crossing over France and Luxembourg before landing at Brussels Zaventem Airport.

Website followers can view real-time position, altitude, heading, ground speed, and airspeed readings at the “Mission Control Center.” There’s also a place to post comments, engage in live chat, and see live video from the cockpit. All Solar Impulse flights can be tracked live via a smartphone app, “Solar Impulse Inventing the Future,” available for free on the iPhone and Android platforms.

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