From there, the team hopes to take longer and higher flights in 2011; then in 2012, a transatlantic trip followed by the ultimate objective--a full journey around the world.
"On the one hand I find it terrific to see a dream come true," said Piccard. "On the other hand, I remain humble in the face of the difficult journey still to be accomplished--it's a long way between these initial tests and a circumnavigation of the world."
For more photos of the Solar Impulse, see "Photos: Soaring ambition for solar aircraft."
December 4, 2009 8:45 AM PST
Photo by: Solar Impulse/Stephane Gros
| Caption by: Lance Whitney
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