The World's First Solar-Powered Airplane Takes its First Flight

Sunseeker Duo, the world's first fully solar-powered airplane, has just made its first trip with two passengers on board.
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Sunseeker Duo, the world's first fully solar-powered airplane, has just made its first trip with two passengers on board.
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The world's very first airplane powered completely by solar energy has taken its first flight. Eric Raymond raised funds for the project through Kickstarter back in 2012 and he and his wife Irena were finally able to take on trip on the eco-friendly plane, called the Sunseeker Duo, which took off from Milan, Italy. 

"Flying the Duo, skimming the white fluffy clouds from above and playing on the sky, I feel like a bird. No limitations, a pure freedom. It’s so quiet. Compared to a normal airplane, it’s like night and day," Irena said. "You need very good headset in other powered airplanes, but in the Duo you can speak normally even when the motor is running full power, no headset needed. It is unbelievable."

The plane has 1,510 solar cells, which provide direct solar energy to power it. Sunseeker Duo is able to fly for upwards of 12 hours while carrying two people. The Raymonds will be testing the plane to see if it is capable for longer trips in a 100-mile flight. 

 Learn more about the Sunseeker Duo in the video below.