The Solar Impulse has been taking flights for about five years and has been incredibly successful, breaking many world records.
There are a number of solar airplanes currently in development, but the Solar Impulse is the only one that can travel constantly for 24-hours per day, without re-fueling, running entirely on solar energy.
Swiss psychiatrist and aeronaut Bertrand Piccard is one of the main minds behind the project.
“With each of their great firsts, the explorers of the last century constantly pushed back the limits of the impossible. Today, the drive to make new discoveries must go on, with the aim of improving the quality of life on our planet,” Piccard said.
The world-wide flight is planned to take place between March and August of 2015, and will consist of 10 different parts, some of them lasting more than 5 whole days and nights. In total, the trip is projected to take over 500 hours in flight and cover a distance of over 22,000 miles.
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John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.