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Solar Impulse 1 - Flea Hop

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Uploaded on Dec 4, 2009

Solar Impulse 1 gets off of the ground for the first time!

The drone of the engines gets louder. In the cockpit test pilot Markus Scherdel gives the thumbs-up sign. Both the pilot and the plane are ready. The prototype slowly starts to move. The air is clear and the snow-covered Alps rise majestically beyond the runway. Scherdel accelerates until he reaches take-off speed. And then the moment the Solar Impulse team has been working towards for the last few months: Solar Impulse 1 lifts from the runway and flies a metre above the ground for a distance of about 350 metres. Now we're ready for the next phase: the solar flight tests, announces André Borschberg. Keep tuned!

WHAT IS SOLAR IMPULSE ?
The only airplane of perpetual endurance, able to fly day and night on solar power, without a drop of fuel.
Our challenge is to attempt the First Round-The-World Solar Flight in 2015. A way for Bertrand Piccard, André Borschberg and their team to demonstrate how pioneering spirit, innovation and clean technologies can change the world.

Get more information about the project: http://www.solarimpulse.com

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More videos about Solar Impulse 2:
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A 3D Animation of Si2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwSVE...

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