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Solar Impulse has demonstrated that a solar-powered airplane can fly day and night using no fuel. The next challenge is to fly around the world.
Flight: Toulouse-Payerne
PILOT: BERTRAND PICCARD
DATE: 24.07.2012
EXPECTED TAKE-OFF: 05:00 AM (UTC) FROM TOULOUSE-FRANCAZAL AIRPORT
EXPECTED LANDING: AFTER 06:00 PM (UTC) IN PAYERNE AIRFIELD

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Flight Report: Rabat - Ouarzazate

TAKE-OFF TIME: 21/06/2012 06:05 AM UTC
TIME OF LANDING: 21/06/2012 11:25 PM UTC

To the beat of local traditional singers and dancers, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA, piloted by André Borschberg, was warmly welcomed in Ouarzazate International airport, at the doorstep of Morocco's desert, tonight Thursday 21 June, at 23:25 (UTC).
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Solar Plane Makes 2nd Attempt In Morocco Flight

An experimental solar plane hoping to one day fly around the world tried again Thursday to fly over Morocco's Atlas Mountains after being thwarted a week ago by high winds.
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Second attempt Rabat-Ouarzazate 

Scheduled departure: from Rabat-Salé airport (Morocco) around 07:00AM (UTC+1), Thursday 21 June.

After the unsuccessful attempt of last week, days of discussions have been taking place here in Rabat. The hot topic is the next favourable weather forecast that could allow Solar Impulse to fly again to Ouarzazate. 
This will be the most difficult and challenging flight the HB-SIA has ever attempted and the team is still unsure if the mission will succeed. But everybody's hopes and enthusiasm are at a high. The prototype has exceeded all expectations to this day, proving its technological performance. With the difficult meteorological conditions caused by thermal currents, strong winds and thunderstorms, this particular mission pushes us to deal with the aircraft's aeronautical limits while preparing the Solar Impulse team in crisis and risk management ahead of the 2014 world tour.

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Giant solar plane completes Spain-Morocco flight

A solar-powered plane has landed in Morocco after flying from Spain, completing the second leg of its pioneering journey.
Pilot Bertrand Piccard landed the Solar Impulse in Rabat - 19 hours after taking off from Madrid.

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 Solar plane begins first transcontinental flight

An experimental solar-powered airplane took off from Switzerland on its first transcontinental flight today, aiming to reach North Africa next week.
Pilot Andre Borschberg planned to take the jumbo jet-size Solar Impulse plane on its first leg to Madrid, Spain, by tomorrow. His colleague Bertrand Piccard will take the helm of the aircraft for the second stretch of its 2,500-kilometre journey to the Moroccan capital Rabat.

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First international solar flight



A solar energy plane has touched down in Brussels, marking the success of the world's first ever international flight powered by the sun.



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1st international flight by Solar Impulse

A favourable weather window seems to be opening up for Friday 13 May 2011. Powered only by solar energy, Solar Impulse HB-SIA could make its first international flight to Brussels. Taking off from Payerne airfield (Switzerland), the solar airplane of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will attempt to reach Brussels Airport, landing there at around 21:00 hours (UTC +2).
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The UK-built solar-powered Zephyr aeroplane has been confirmed as a record-breaker following its non-stop two-week flight earlier this year.
The world governing body for air sports records, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI), gave Zephyr three records including longest time aloft.

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The UK-built Zephyr unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has confirmed its place in aviation history as the "first eternal" plane.
The solar-powered craft has completed two weeks of non-stop flight above a US Army range in Arizona and is now being commanded to make a landing.

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