Mon, Dec 01, 2003
Another Record In The Making?
And now for something
Switzerland's Bertrand Piccard has another trick up his sleeve.
Like his first, it involves flight. And that's where the similarity
You might remember Piccard, along with Britain's Brian Jones,
was the first to circle the world non-stop in a balloon. That was
in 1999. Now, Piccard's sights are set on developing an aircraft
powered by the sun and flying it around the world.
"A century after the Wright brothers' first flight, we look
forward to adding new pages to solar aviation," said the 54-year
old Piccard. "It is a colossal challenge."
But he won't have to go it alone. He'll have help in the
development stage from the Lausanne Federal Institute of
Technology. The challenge will be to generate enough power to both
propell the aircraft and store energy for night flight.
The first trials are expected in about four years. The
'round-the-world flight is expected to last 36 hours.
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