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Solar Impulse - 6 Jan 2015 
Images of Solar Impulse is a long-range solar-powered aircraft project. 
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January 05, 2015 
The dismantled Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pictured before being loaded into a Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
The dismantled Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pictured before being loaded into a Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo... 
The dismantled Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pictured before being loaded into a Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo aircraft at Payerne airport January 5, 2015. The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft and its team relocates to Abu Dhabi from where an attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015. The aircraft, weighing 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters, is fitted with more than 17,000 solar cells. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
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January 05, 2015 
An element of a wing of the dismantled Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is loaded into a Cargolux Boeing 747... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
An element of a wing of the dismantled Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is loaded into a Cargolux Boeing 747... 
An element of a wing of the dismantled Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is loaded into a Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo aircraft at Payerne airport January 5, 2015. The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft and its team relocates to Abu Dhabi from where an attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015. The aircraft, weighing 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters, is fitted with more than 17,000 solar cells. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
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January 05, 2015 
The wings of the dismantled Solar Impulse 2 aircraft are pictured before being loaded into a Cargolux... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
The wings of the dismantled Solar Impulse 2 aircraft are pictured before being loaded into a Cargolux... 
The wings of the dismantled Solar Impulse 2 aircraft are pictured before being loaded into a Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo aircraft at Payerne airport January 5, 2015. The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft and its team relocates to Abu Dhabi from where an attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015. The aircraft, weighing 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters, is fitted with more than 17,000 solar cells. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
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January 05, 2015 
The dismantled Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pictured before being loaded into a Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
The dismantled Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pictured before being loaded into a Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo... 
The dismantled Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pictured before being loaded into a Cargolux Boeing 747 cargo aircraft at Payerne airport January 5, 2015. The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft and its team relocates to Abu Dhabi from where an attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015. The aircraft, weighing 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters, is fitted with more than 17,000 solar cells. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
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November 13, 2014 
The solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental aircraft, piloted by Swiss Bertrand Piccard, prepares... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
The solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental aircraft prepares to take off for a test flight in Payerne... 
The solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental aircraft, piloted by Swiss Bertrand Piccard, prepares to take off for a test flight in Payerne November 13, 2014. The aircraft, weighing 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters, is fitted with more than 17,000 solar cells. An attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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November 13, 2014 
The solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental aircraft, piloted by Swiss Bertrand Piccard, is pictured... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
The solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental aircraft is pictured during a test flight in Payerne 
The solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental aircraft, piloted by Swiss Bertrand Piccard, is pictured during a test flight in Payerne November 13, 2014. The aircraft, weighing 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters, is fitted with more than 17,000 solar cells. An attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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December 17, 2014 
Solar Impulse co-founders and pilots Bertrand Piccard (bottom L) and Andre Borschberg (bottom R) pose... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Solar Impulse staff members pose for a picture at their base in Payerne 
Solar Impulse co-founders and pilots Bertrand Piccard (bottom L) and Andre Borschberg (bottom R) pose with staff members at their base in Payerne December 16, 2014. The aircraft (SI2), which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 metres (236 ft.) and has more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015 starting from Abu Dhabi. Picture taken December 16, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
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November 13, 2014 
Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard prepares for a test flight of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Swiss pilot Piccard prepares for a test flight of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental aircraft... 
Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard prepares for a test flight of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental aircraft in Payerne November 13, 2014. The aircraft, weighing 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters, is fitted with more than 17,000 solar cells. An attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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November 13, 2014 
Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard prepares for a test flight of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Swiss pilot Piccard prepares for a test flight of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental aircraft... 
Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard prepares for a test flight of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 experimental aircraft in Payerne November 13, 2014. The aircraft, weighing 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters, is fitted with more than 17,000 solar cells. An attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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November 09, 2014 
Numbers indicating the motor power are pictured in the cockpit of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Numbers indicating the motor power are pictured in the cockpit of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft... 
Numbers indicating the motor power are pictured in the cockpit of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft after a training flight at its base in Payerne November 8, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters (236 ft.) and more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015 starting from Abu Dhabi. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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November 09, 2014 
A red button is pictured on the control yoke in the cockpit of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
A red button is pictured on the control yoke in the cockpit of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft... 
A red button is pictured on the control yoke in the cockpit of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft after a training flight at its base in Payerne November 8, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters (236 ft.) and more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015 starting from Abu Dhabi. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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November 09, 2014 
Fuses are pictured in the cockpit of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft after a training flight... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Fuses are pictured in the cockpit of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft after a training flight... 
Fuses are pictured in the cockpit of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft after a training flight at its base in Payerne November 8, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters (236 ft.) and more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015 starting from Abu Dhabi. . REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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November 08, 2014 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel lands the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft after a training flight... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
German test pilot Scherdel lands the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft after a training flight in... 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel lands the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft after a training flight at its base in Payerne November 8, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 metres (236 ft.) and has more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015 starting from Abu Dhabi. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
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November 08, 2014 
The cockpit of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pictured after a training flight at its... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
The cockpit of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pictured after a training flight at its... 
The cockpit of the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pictured after a training flight at its base in Payerne November 8, 2014. From left to right instruments are : fuses, throttle, power management, autopilot, motor control, flying instruments and telecomunication. The aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters (236 ft.) and more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015 starting from Abu Dhabi. Picture taken with a fisheye lens. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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November 01, 2014 
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pulled out of its base for tests by pilot Bertrand Piccard in Payerne,... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pulled out of its base for tests by pilot Bertrand Piccard in Payerne 
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pulled out of its base for tests by pilot Bertrand Piccard in Payerne, November 1, 2014. The aircraft weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters, fitted with more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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November 01, 2014 
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pulled out of its base for tests by pilot Bertrand Piccard in Payerne,... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pulled out of its base for tests by pilot Bertrand Piccard in Payerne 
The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pulled out of its base for tests by pilot Bertrand Piccard in Payerne, November 1, 2014. The aircraft weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters, fitted with more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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September 27, 2014 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft with the Mont-Blanc... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
German test pilot Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft during a training flight... 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft with the Mont-Blanc in background during a training flight at its base in Payerne September 27, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters (236 ft.) and has more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015 starting from Abu Dhabi. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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September 27, 2014 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft over the Lake Murten... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
German test pilot Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft over the Lake Murten during... 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft over the Lake Murten during a training flight at its base in Payerne September 27, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters (236 ft.) and has more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015 starting from Abu Dhabi. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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September 27, 2014 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft over the Lake Neuchatel... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
German test pilot Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft over the Lake Neuchatel... 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft over the Lake Neuchatel during a training flight at its base in Payerne September 27, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters (236 ft.) and has more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015 starting from Abu Dhabi. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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September 27, 2014 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft over the Lake Murten... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
German test pilot Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft over the Lake Murten during... 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft over the Lake Murten during a training flight at its base in Payerne September 27, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters (236 ft.) and has more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made from March 2015 starting from Abu Dhabi. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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June 02, 2014 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft during its maiden... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft during its maiden... 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft during its maiden flight at its base in Payerne June 2, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled on April 9, has a wingspan of 72 metres (236 ft), and weighs 2.4 tons, bearing in total more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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June 02, 2014 
People work on the new experimental solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft, with a wingspan of 72 metres... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
People work on the new experimental solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft, with a wingspan of 72 metres... 
People work on the new experimental solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft, with a wingspan of 72 metres (236 ft), in Payerne June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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June 02, 2014 
Solar Impulse project co-founder Andre Borschberg (R) checks from his helicopter as German test pilot... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Solar Impulse project co-founder Borschberg checks from his helicopter as German test pilot Scherdel... 
Solar Impulse project co-founder Andre Borschberg (R) checks from his helicopter as German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft during its maiden flight at its base in Payerne June 2, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters (236 ft.) and more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015, according to the project. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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June 02, 2014 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft for its maiden flight... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft for its maiden flight... 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft for its maiden flight at its base in Payerne June 2, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters (236 ft.) and more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015, according to the project. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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June 02, 2014 
Solar Impulse co-founder Bertrand Piccard (L) congratulates German test pilot Markus Scherdel (R) after... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Solar Impulse co-founder Piccard congratulates test pilot Scherdel after steering the Solar Impulse 2... 
Solar Impulse co-founder Bertrand Piccard (L) congratulates German test pilot Markus Scherdel (R) after steering the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft on its maiden flight at its base in Payerne June 2, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters (236 ft.) and more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015, according to the project. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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June 02, 2014 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft on its maiden flight... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft on its maiden flight... 
German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft on its maiden flight at its base in Payerne June 2, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters (236 ft.) and more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015, according to the project. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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June 02, 2014 
Staff members riding bicycles follow as German test pilot Markus Scherdel lands the solar-powered Solar... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Staff members riding bicycles follow as German test pilot Markus Scherdel lands the solar-powered Solar... 
Staff members riding bicycles follow as German test pilot Markus Scherdel lands the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft after its maiden flight in Payerne June 2, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meters (236 ft.) and more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015, according to the project. REUTERS/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT) 
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April 14, 2014 
The new Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pulled out of its base for the first time for tests with solar panels... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
The new Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pulled out of its base for tests in Payerne 
The new Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pulled out of its base for the first time for tests with solar panels in Payerne April 14, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled on April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meter and more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENVIRONMENT) 
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April 14, 2014 
The new Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pulled out of its base for the first time for tests with solar panels... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
The new Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pulled out of its base for tests with solar panels in Payerne 
The new Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is pulled out of its base for the first time for tests with solar panels in Payerne April 14, 2014. The aircraft, which was unveiled on April 9, weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meter and more than 17,000 solar cells. The attempt to fly around the world in stages using only solar energy will be made in 2015. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
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April 09, 2014 
The unveiled Solar Impulse II aircraft is seen at their base in Payerne April 9, 2014. The new solar... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
The unveiled Solar Impulse II aircraft is seen at their base in Payerne 
The unveiled Solar Impulse II aircraft is seen at their base in Payerne April 9, 2014. The new solar powered aircraft weighs 2.4 tons with a wingspan of 72 meter and more than 17,000 solar cells. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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RTX16M15 
December 17, 2013 
Pilot and co-founder of Solar Impulse Bertrand Piccard, sits with electrodes attached to his head as... 
Duebendorf, Switzerland 
Pilot and co-founder of Solar Impulse Piccard awaits start of 72 hour flight simulation at the airport... 
Pilot and co-founder of Solar Impulse Bertrand Piccard, sits with electrodes attached to his head as he awaits the start of a transatlantic 72 hour flight simulation at the airport in Duebendorf near Zurich December 17, 2013. Swiss long-range solar-powered aircraft project Solar Impulse HB-SIB airplane is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. Flight testing is planned for spring 2014, and the first solar-powered round-the-world flight for sometime between April and July 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLANDTRANSPORT TECHNOLOGY - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT HEADSHOT) 
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December 17, 2013 
Bertrand Piccard (C) pilot and co-founder of Solar Impulse receives an injection from a medic before... 
Duebendorf, Switzerland 
Piccard, pilot and co-founder of Solar Impulse receives an injection from a medic before the start of... 
Bertrand Piccard (C) pilot and co-founder of Solar Impulse receives an injection from a medic before the start of a transatlantic 72 hour flight simulation at the airport in Duebendorf near Zurich December 17, 2013. Swiss long-range solar-powered aircraft project Solar Impulse HB-SIB airplane is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. Flight testing is planned for spring 2014, and the first solar-powered round-the-world flight for sometime between April and July 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLANDTRANSPORT TECHNOLOGY - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT) HEADSHOT) 
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December 17, 2013 
Engineers assemble the 72 metre (236 feet) long wing of the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIB airplane... 
Duebendorf, Switzerland 
Engineers assemble the 72 metre long wing of the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIB airplane during its... 
Engineers assemble the 72 metre (236 feet) long wing of the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIB airplane during its assembly at the airport in Duebendorf near Zurich December 17, 2013. Swiss long-range solar-powered aircraft project Solar Impulse HB-SIB airplane is expected to be completed by the end of 2013. Flight testing is planned for spring 2014, and the first solar-powered round-the-world flight for sometime between April and July 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND TECHNOLOGYSCIENCE TRANSPORT - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY TRANSPORT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT) 
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June 06, 2012 
Crew members check the Solar Impulse plane after it landed following a 19-hour flight from Madrid at... 
Rabat, Morocco 
Crew members check the Solar Impulse plane after it landed following a 19-hour flight from Madrid at... 
Crew members check the Solar Impulse plane after it landed following a 19-hour flight from Madrid at Rabat's International airport, June 5, 2012. The plane landed in Morocco on Tuesday, completing the world's first intercontinental flight powered by the sun to show the potential for pollution-free air travel. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (MOROCCO - Tags: TRANSPORT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENERGY) BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE 
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June 06, 2012 
The Solar Impulse plane's project president and pilot, Bertrand Piccard (L) celebrates with co-founder... 
Rabat, Morocco 
The Solar Impulse plane's project president and pilot Piccard celebrates with project co-founder and... 
The Solar Impulse plane's project president and pilot, Bertrand Piccard (L) celebrates with co-founder and CEO Andre Borschberg (R) and Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) CEO Mustapha Bakkoury after the plane landed following a 19-hour flight from Madrid at Rabat's International airport, June 5, 2012. The plane landed in Morocco on Tuesday, completing the world's first intercontinental flight powered by the sun to show the potential for pollution-free air travel. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (MOROCCO - Tags: TRANSPORT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY ENERGY) 
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RTR32JUK 
May 24, 2012 
The Solar Impulse aircraft is being pulled out of the hangar for take off at Payerne airport May 24,... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
The Solar Impulse aircraft is being pulled out of the hangar for take off at Payerne airport 
The Solar Impulse aircraft is being pulled out of the hangar for take off at Payerne airport May 24, 2012. The Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype aircraft, which has 12,000 solar cells built into its 64.3 metres (193 feet) wings, attempted its first intercontinental flight from Payerne to Rabat in Morocco with a few days for a technical stop and a change of pilot in Madrid. This flight will act as a final rehearsal for the 2014 round-the-world flight. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY) 
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May 24, 2012 
Solar Impulse project CEO and pilot Andre Borschberg looks at the sky before take off at Payerne airport... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Solar Impulse project CEO and pilot Borschberg looks at the sky before take off at Payerne airport 
Solar Impulse project CEO and pilot Andre Borschberg looks at the sky before take off at Payerne airport May 24, 2012. The Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype aircraft, which has 12,000 solar cells built into its 64.3 metres (193 feet) wings, attempted its first intercontinental flight from Payerne to Rabat in Morocco with a few days for a technical stop and a change of pilot in Madrid. This flight will act as a final rehearsal for the 2014 round-the-world flight. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY BUSINESS) 
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May 23, 2012 
The suit and boots of Solar Impulse project CEO and pilot Andre Borschberg puts are pictured before take... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
The suit and boots of Solar Impulse project CEO and pilot Andre Borschberg puts are pictured before take... 
The suit and boots of Solar Impulse project CEO and pilot Andre Borschberg puts are pictured before take off at Payerne airport May 24, 2012. The Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype aircraft, which has 12,000 solar cells built into its 64.3 metres (193 feet) wings, attempted its first intercontinental flight from Payerne to Rabat in Morocco with a few days for a technical stop and a change of pilot in Madrid. This flight will act as a final rehearsal for the 2014 round-the-world flight. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY) 
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RTR30V7S 
April 17, 2012 
Solar Impulse project president and pilot Bertrand Piccard sits in the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Solar Impulse project president and pilot Piccard sits in the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane... 
Solar Impulse project president and pilot Bertrand Piccard sits in the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane before a test flight at Payerne airport April 17, 2012. The Solar Impulse HB-SIA, which has 12,000 solar cells built into its 64.3-meter (193-foot) wings, is a prototype for an aircraft that its creators hope will carry out its first circumnavigation of the globe from 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENERGY BUSINESS) 
SWISS/IMPULSE
RTR30V8E 
April 17, 2012 
A technician measures the speed of wind with a nanometer in front of the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
A technician measures the speed of wind with a nanometer in front of the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype... 
A technician measures the speed of wind with a nanometer in front of the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane before a test flight at Payerne airport April 17, 2012. The Solar Impulse HB-SIA, which has 12,000 solar cells built into its 64.3-meter (193-foot) wings, is a prototype for an aircraft that its creators hope will carry out its first circumnavigation of the globe from 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENERGY BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) 
FRANCE/
RTR2NO2D 
June 14, 2011 
Pilot and CEO of Solar Impulse, Andre Borschberg (L) shakes hands with the head of the recovery crew,... 
Le Bourget, France 
Pilot and CEO of Solar Impulse, Andre Borschberg shakes hands with the head of the recovery crew, Tahan... 
Pilot and CEO of Solar Impulse, Andre Borschberg (L) shakes hands with the head of the recovery crew, Tahan Pangaribuan after the landing of the Swiss solar-powered airplane at Le Bourget Airport, near Paris, June 14, 2011, where it will be exhibited at the Paris Air Show, which opens on June 20. REUTERS/Michel Euler/Pool (FRANCE - Tags: TRANSPORT SCI TECH) 
BELGIUM/
RTR2NKCP 
June 11, 2011 
Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg takes off with the solar-powered HB-SIA... 
Brussels, Belgium 
Solar Impulse's pilot Borschberg takes off with the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype aircraft during a... 
Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg takes off with the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype aircraft during a flight from Brussels to Paris, June 11, 2011. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (BELGIUM - Tags: TRANSPORT ENERGY ENVIRONMENT SCI TECH) 
SWISS/IMPULSE
RTR2LD1Q 
April 18, 2011 
Ground staff prepare the solar-powered HB-SIA Solar Impulse prototype aircraft before a test flight at... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Ground staff prepare the solar-powered HB-SIA Solar Impulse prototype aircraft before a test flight at... 
Ground staff prepare the solar-powered HB-SIA Solar Impulse prototype aircraft before a test flight at Payerne airport early morning April 18, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT SCI TECH ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
SWISS/IMPULSE
RTR2L3BQ 
April 11, 2011 
A staff member rides a bike in the Solar Impulse's solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane hangar at... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
A staff member rides a bike in the Solar Impulse's solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane hangar at... 
A staff member rides a bike in the Solar Impulse's solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane hangar at Payerne airport April 11, 2011. The Solar Impulse HB-SIA, which has 12,000 solar cells built into its 64.3-meter (193-foot) wings, is a prototype for an aircraft that its creators hope will carry out its first circumnavigation of the globe from 2012. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT SCI TECH ENERGY BUSINESS) 
SWISS/IMPULSE
RTR2L3BV 
April 11, 2011 
Solar Impulse's solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane test pilot Markus Scherdel of Germany arrives... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Solar Impulse's solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane test pilot Markus Scherdel arrives for a test... 
Solar Impulse's solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane test pilot Markus Scherdel of Germany arrives for a test flight at Payerne airport April 11, 2011. The Solar Impulse HB-SIA, which has 12,000 solar cells built into its 64.3-meter (193-foot) wings, is a prototype for an aircraft that its creators hope will carry out its first circumnavigation of the globe from 2012. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT SCI TECH ENERGY BUSINESS) 
SWISS/IMPULSE
RTR2L3GN 
April 11, 2011 
Solar Impulse's solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane with test pilot Markus Scherdel performs a low... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Solar Impulse's solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane with test pilot Markus Scherdel performs a low... 
Solar Impulse's solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane with test pilot Markus Scherdel performs a low altitude go-round procedure during a test flight at Payerne airport April 11, 2011. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT SCI TECH ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS) 
SWISS/IMPULSE
RTXSH3Z 
September 21, 2010 
Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg flies in the solar-powered HB-SIA... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Borschberg flies in the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype... 
Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg flies in the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane above Lake Leman near Vevey during a test flight from its base in Payerne to Geneva International airport September 21, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT SCI TECH ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
SWISS/IMPULSE
RTXSHA1 
September 21, 2010 
Staff push the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype after it successful landing on the tarmac of Cointrin International... 
Geneva, Switzerland 
Staff pushes the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype after it successful landing on the tarmac of Cointrin... 
Staff push the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype after it successful landing on the tarmac of Cointrin International airport in Geneva September 21, 2010. The plane landed for the first time on a commercial airport, causing traffic to he halted for 20 minutes to avoid turbulence. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT SCI TECH ENVIRONMENT) 
SWISS/IMPULSE
RTR2G7IH 
July 08, 2010 
Solar Impulse's solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane stands still after its first successful night... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
Solar Impulse's solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane stands still after its first successful night... 
Solar Impulse's solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane stands still after its first successful night flight attempt at Payerne airport July 8, 2010. The aircraft took off July 7 at 06:51 am and reached an altitude of 8,700 meters (28,543 feet) by the end of the day. It then slowly descent to 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) and flew during the night on the batteries, charged during the day by 12,000 solar cells, which powered the four electric motors. It landed July 8 at 09.00 am (GMT+2) for a flight time of 26 hours and nine minutes, setting the longest and highest flight ever made by a solar plane. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT SCI TECH ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE ALSO SEE: GM1E9BB0NL301 
SWITZERLAND/
RTR2CITT 
April 07, 2010 
A helicopter flies over the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane steered by German test... 
Payerne, Switzerland 
A helicopter flies over the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane steered by German test... 
A helicopter flies over the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane steered by German test pilot Markus Scherdel, during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. The propeller plane, with a 61 metres (200 feet) wingspan, is powered by four electric motors and designed to fly day and night by saving surplus energy from its 12,000 solar cells in high-performance batteries. Wednesday's flight follows six years' work by 50 engineers and technicians led by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard on the so-called Solar Impulse project. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich (SWITZERLAND - Tags: TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SCI TECH) 
SWITZERLAND/
RTR251ZP 
June 26, 2009 
Bertrand Piccard (L), pilot and president of Solar Impulse and Andre Borschberg, CEO and pilot of the... 
Duebendorf, Switzerland 
Solar Impulse's Piccard and Borschberg attend the unveiling ceremony of the the solar-powered wingspan... 
Bertrand Piccard (L), pilot and president of Solar Impulse and Andre Borschberg, CEO and pilot of the company, unveil the solar-powered 61 metres (200 feet) wingspan HB-SIA prototype airplane at the airport in Duebendorf near Zurich June 26, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (SWITZERLAND ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SCI TECH) 
SWITZERLAND/
RTR1VOO9 
November 05, 2007 
A technician removes a part of a model of a cockpit of the 61 metres (200 feet) wingspan prototype airplane... 
Duebendorf, Switzerland 
A technician removes a part of a model of a cockpit of the prototype airplane Solar Impulse during a... 
A technician removes a part of a model of a cockpit of the 61 metres (200 feet) wingspan prototype airplane Solar Impulse during a presentation in the town of Duebendorf near Zurich November 5, 2007. After four years of research and simulations, the solar-fired Solar Impulse plane project has entered a concrete phase with the construction of an initial prototype, referred to by its registration number 'HB-SIA'. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND) 
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