Solar Impulse travels 957 miles in furthest flight ever by solar-powered aircraft

An airplane powered entirely by 11,000 solar cells covering its gigantic wings just completed the furthest continuous flight of a vehicle of its type in history early this morning local time, traveling 957 miles from Phoenix, Arizona, to Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas. The airplane, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA, made the trip as part of its ongoing flight across the continental US, which organizers say is designed to show off the practical applications of solar power. The cross-country flight is taking place now in several stages, but this particular part of the journey was the longest in terms of distance and time, and the most challenging yet for the aircraft and its pilot, who had to say awake for 18 hours as the Solar Impulse sailed across the… Continue reading… ]]> http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/23/4358744/solar-impulse-furthest-flight-957-miles