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Takeoff of the HB-SIA "Solar Impulse" base of Payerne, Switzerland, May 24, 2012.
After a flight lasting approximately 17 hours, the Solar Impulse plane finally landed at the airport of Madrid-Barajas in the night from Thursday to Friday. He had taken off early in the morning of Thursday the airfield of Payerne, Switzerland. "The flight went well and thanks to the team of meteorologists, everything went according to the flight plan," said the pilot, André Borschberg.
The prototype HB-SIA Sloar impulse is powered by four electric motors, a power of 10 hp each, powered by 12,000 photocells on its wings spread as wide as those of an Airbus A340. Energy is stored in batteries, allowing the aircraft to fly at night. The first step is being proceeded smoothly, the aircraft is expected to resume next week's trip destination Morocco, with orders to the explorer Bertrand Piccard. This is a test flight before a world tour planned in 2014.