After an activity over the past weeks, the Solar Impulse team at least have taken their first steps towards first solar flight. The Solar Plane is specially designed to be the first to fly around the world powered only by the sun.
Solar Impulse is testing its solar plane on a few short runs at low speeds without lifting off the ground. Next up, Solar Impulse will begin cruising toward liftoff speed at 20 knots, taking short “flea hop” leaps into the air without leaving the perimeter of the runway. After the tests are complete and Solar Impulse has given its aircraft the green light, this solar airplane will be the first of its kind to take to the skies. We’ll be sure to share the news about Solar Plane on TheBlogIsMine, but right now check the gallery below after the jump. [SolarImpulse via Wired]