Solar powered jet takes a first test flight

December 11th, 2009 | Posted in Solar

Solar powered jet takes flight

We've almost missed this, but it's a super-cool story and we're going with it a few days later, nonetheless. After successfully trialing its eco-friendly vehicle on the ground, Bertrand Piccard has decided to push the trigger and reach for the skies. Yap, his solar-powered jet Solar Impulse HB-SIA has took of the group. It's still not a full blown flight, as he only flew for 1,150 feet at a meter above ground level, but it's a solid start. Actually, it sounds like a final test phase and it's about time we see the Impulse flying across the continents. Good luck captain Piccard! ;)

[Via: Engadget]