Solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 made its first flight, taking off from the airport on Monday Payerne in Switzerland. The new version of the device far exceeds the dimensions of the previous model. Wing length of 72 meters covered 17,248 solar cells, and the weight of the device – 2.3 tons. According Bertrand Piccard, who participated in the creation of aircraft piloted by the previous model, Solar Impulse 2 is completely unique. He does not need kerosene and can use solar energy during the day and at night, with the reach speeds of 140 km / h Thus his testers tried to show the possibility of alternative energy. In 2015, this aircraft is planned to travel around the world.
1. Solar Impulse 2 came with a base of the first tests of solar cells in Payerne, 14 April 2014.
2. German driver Markus Sherdel preparing for takeoff on Solar Impulse 2 airfield Swiss town of Payerne, June 2, 2014.
3. Aircraft solar powered Solar Impulse 2 (“Solar Impulse – 2”) took off from the airfield Swiss town of Payerne, June 2, 2014.
4. First flight Solar Impulse 2 in the Swiss town of Payerne, June 2, 2014.
5. One of the founders of the project – Andre Borschberg watches the flight of Solar Impulse 2, 2 June 2014.
6. Maiden flight Solar Impulse 2 in Switzerland, June 2, 2014.
7. Solar Impulse 2 is landing at the same airport June 2, 2014.
8. Spectators watch the Solar Impulse landing at the airport 2 Swiss town Payerne, June 2, 2014.
9. Pilot Markus Sherdel with Bertrand Piccard Swiss traveler and co-founder of the project Andre Borschberg pose for a photo after a successful flight Solar Impulse at the airport 2 Swiss town Payerne, June 2, 2014.