The solar powered plane Solar Impulse flew for over 26 hours without interruption and landed on July 8th. This plane has a wingspan of 63 meters – the same as a Boeing 777 – weights 1,600 kg and goes as fast as a scooter, 70 km-h.
The plane gathered enough energy from the sun during daytime to remain in the air during a whole night. This is a huge success for the main sponsors of the project ( Solvay, Omega and Deutsche Bank).
In the very next years Solar Impulse will attempt at flying around the world in several stages. Be sure that I will keep you posted on this most exciting project. Read the New York Times article.