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New York (AirGuideBusiness - Energy Watch) 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...

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