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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Technology Europe) Mon, Jan 5, 2015

Solar-powered aircraft to fly around the world Two men are determined to fly the first completely solar-powered jet around the world. The duo, pilot Bertrand Piccard (no relation to Capt. Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek fame, as far as we can tell) and co-pilot/lead engineer Andr Borschberg, have built the Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered aircraft that requires no fuel. They've already taken it for a successful spin: a solo-piloted, 24-hour excursion over Europe, Africa and the United States. And now they want to conquer the world. They are planning a 12-leg, multi-week flight that is scheduled to take off in March.

In addition to looking incredibly cool, the mission and inspiration behind the SI2 is fun and inspiring. We're hoping for a pit stop in Seattle to check out this amazing flying machine. Wed, Dec 31, 2014

After hybrid cars, has the time come for hybrid aircrafts? It's still to early to tell, but researchers of Cambridge University, working in association with Boeing BA 0.3%, have just announced a first important step in this direction. On Tuesday, in Sywell Aerodrome, near Northampton, they ran a series of test flights using an aircraft powered by a parallel hybrid-electric propulsion system. The aircraft, a modified, commercially-available, lightweight single-seater, uses a combination of a 4-stroke...

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