Using only the power of the sun's rays, the souped up lightweight aircraft climbs to nearly 6,000 feet and stays aloft for more than two hours.
The aircraft's lengthy wings are outfitted with 17,000 solar cells that will power it during a trip around the world next year.
The second-generation solar plane has been redesigned and rebuilt with smarter, lighter, and more efficient materials. Now, the aircraft is ready tackle a flight of global proportions.
A fabric rip causes the solar-powered plane to complete the last leg of its historic flight three hours earlier than scheduled.
As the solar-powered plane nears the end of its coast-to-coast U.S. journey, pilot André Borschberg speaks with CNET about the view from 8,000 feet up.
The solar-powered airplane is on a coast-to-coast voyage across the U.S. to promote the viability of clean energy.
The longest leg of the cross-country tour marks a distance record for solar-powered aviation as the slender aircraft touches down in Texas.
The solar-powered airplane departs California on a tour that will take it across the nation ahead of a globe-circling journey in 2015.
With a cross-country U.S. tour set to start in May, this solar-powered airplane is out to show what can be done with big thinkers, smart technologies, and a little innovation.
Soaring in the sky for more than 26 hours, a slender, lightweight plane completes a historic overnight flight powered purely by solar energy.