Flying on solar

Another milestone for solar-charged travel was eclipsed last week when the solar-powered plane “Solar Impulse” landed in Morocco on June 5, 2012.

The plane took off from Madrid and landed safely in Morocco after an amazing 19-hour flight over the Straight of Gibraltar.

The plane required 12,000 solar cells to stay aloft at its cruising speed of 44 MPH. While its airspeed is nearly 10 times slower than most traditional commercial aircraft, the plane continues to prove its advanced technological ability.