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Solar plane on penultimate leg of historic flight

|11 July 2016|

Solar Impulse 2 – the solar airplane – took off from Spain this morning to cross the Mediterranean Sea

The flight is expected to last two days and marks the second to last leg of the attempt to achieve the first ever Round-The-World Solar Flight.

After crossing America and recently the Atlantic Ocean without a single drop of fuel, the solar airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg – took off from Spain early this morning.

The goal of this record-breaking adventure is to demonstrate how modern clean technologies can achieve the impossible.  

“This flight across Europe will touch a large number of countries, very diverse in terms of culture, climate and geography. But in addition to all being on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, they have a common denominator: the potential benefit of using renewable energies and clean technology,” André said.

Bertrand added: “After 36’000 km, people might start to find it obvious to fly day and night without fuel, but it’s still a very difficult endeavour and the challenge will remain open until the last minute.”

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Iain is an experienced writer, journalist and lecturer, who held editorships with a number of business focussed publications before co-founding and becoming editor of Innovators Magazine. Iain is also the strategic director for OnePoint5Media.

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