A Swiss team of engineers have been constructing a new solar powered plane aptly called the Solar Impulse 2 which they hope will allow them to circle the globe without the need to land.
The new Solar Impulse 2 plane built on the technology that was used in the original Solar Impulse that was used to set records flying across the United States last year. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Solar Impulse 2 project and see it in action.
The Swiss team has equipped the latest Solar Impulse 2 plane with a 72 m wingspan 8 m longer than the previous plane and the same as a 747 aircraft, the top surface of the wings and cabin are covered with solar powers to power its four engines.
The design of the Solar Impulse 2 is now also lighter and faster than the original and test flights are expected to start very soon with the official world record-breaking round the world flight expected to take place between April and July in 2015.
For more information on the new Solar Impulse 2 jump over to the official Solar Impulse 2 website for details and to keep up with its progress on completing its global flight.
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