The goal is to fly around the world using no fuel other than sunlight. But first a prototype of the solar plane to circumnavigate the globe will fly across the U.S.—taking off on May 3 and potentially proving that airplanes can fly long distances on nothing more than sunshine.

“I come from a family of explorers,” explains Bertrand Piccard, the first man to fly a balloon around the world and chairman of this Swiss effort, dubbed Solar Impulse. “Solar Impulse was the logical consequence after that balloon flight around the world [which consumed nearly four metric tons of propane] in order to make a big adventure that would inspire people about innovation and the protection of natural resources.”


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