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Maiden flight for Bertrand Piccard's Solar Impulse aircraft

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Solar Impulse, the solar airplane that Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard described in his captivating talk at TEDGlobal 2009, took off successfully this morning from Payerne airfield, in Western Switzerland, on its maiden flight. The aircraft (which has a wingspan of 63.40 meters but a weight of only 1600 kg and a speed at takeoff of []

A solar-powered adventure: Bertrand Piccard on TED.com

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For the dawn of a new decade, adventurer Bertrand Piccard offers us a challenge: Find motivation in what seems impossible. He shares his own plans to do what many say can’t be done — to fly around the world, day and night, in a solar-powered aircraft. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2009, July 2009, Oxford, UK. Duration: []