Solar-Powered Aircraft Can Now Fly In Darkness

Solar-Powered Aircraft Can Now Fly In Darkness

Almost 2 years ago, we published a story about the Solar Impulse spending 26 hours in the air. Now this solar-powered vehicle is making headlines once again as it has passed another milestone. The Solar Impulse has proven itself of being able to fly in the dark. Using some amazing technology, the plane has the ability to charge it’s batteries during the day, so it can fly at night… without any fuel. The latest prototype, shown above, has solar panels on the wings and tail sections. Its carbon fiber construction and stripped down cockpit keep the weight low while the huge wingspan provides plenty of lift. The next challenge for the single passenger aircraft is to fly completely around the world in a single flight. This trip will take approximately 5 days. Can you imagine flying for 5 days with no fuel? Amazing!

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