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    Solar Plane Set To Circumnavigate the Worldi
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    George Putic
    April 10, 2014 7:39 PM
    After successfully flying their solar-powered plane from Spain to Morocco in 2012, and across the U.S. in 2013, Swiss aeronautical enthusiasts are now getting ready to attempt a flight around the world next year. The new, improved version of the plane, named Solar Impulse 2, was recently unveiled in Switzerland. VOA’s George Putic reports.

    Solar Plane Set To Circumnavigate the World

    George Putic

    Published April 10, 2014

    After successfully flying their solar-powered plane from Spain to Morocco in 2012, and across the U.S. in 2013, Swiss aeronautical enthusiasts are now getting ready to attempt a flight around the world next year. The new, improved version of the plane, named Solar Impulse 2, was recently unveiled in Switzerland. VOA’s George Putic reports.


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    by: Mark from: Virginia
    April 11, 2014 6:47 AM
    while I applaud the efforts of the team of engineers and pilots who developed and tested this aircraft, it never ceases to amaze me that perhaps there could have been a better means of spending that time and money helping to solve some of the problems plaguing mankind; like disease and conflict. Solar powered aircraft may never become a reality for commercial use, but living in a world free of disease and war may still be possible.
    How many millions did it take to research, test and build this aircraft? How many millions of people could that money have helped live a better life, with clean water for drinking and sanitary conditions for living?
    Sometimes I think the 'privileged few have their priorities a little screwed up. Then again, its early morning for me and I'm a little cranky today.