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The solar-powered plane that may never need to land

Soaring the skies, the plane could provide Earth mapping, disaster response, and communications services.
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Created by Swiss ​​explorer Bertrand Piccard and Swiss engineer Bertrand Borschberg, the Solar Impulse 2 has a wingspan the size of a Boeing 747 and features more than 17,000 solar panels. In 2019, the design was purchased by U.S.-Spanish startup Skydweller Aero who plans on turning the Impulse 2 into an autonomous drone similar to an orbital satellite.


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