Solar Power Plane prepares to Fly Around The World

The Solar Impulse solar-powered plane took off yesterday from Madrid-Barajas airport (Spain) at 11:30pm (ESDT) ascending to an altitude of 12,000 feet in the direction of Seville.  The plane crossed the Gibraltar strait over the Mediterranean around 12:00PM, entering Moroccan airspace via Tangier in the direction of Rabat (Morocco).  The prototype was expected to land in Rabat Sale international airport today June 5 at 6:00pm.

The Solar Impulse has 12,000 solar cells on its wings that are capable of powering the plane's four 10-horsepower engines.  Even though the Solar Impulse gets its energy from the sun, it is capable of flying day and night without fuel.  Todays flight acted as a dress rehearsal in preparation for the plane's flight around the world in 2014, which includes one stop over in the U.S.A.  Follow the flights stream on www.solarimpulse.com

Via: Inhabitat