Could solar powered planes be the future for air travel?

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When the young Icarus in Greek mythology flew too close to the sun, the wax on his wings melted, the feathers fell away and within minutes he could no longer fly. I wonder what he would be thinking now if he had witnessed two Swiss pilots not only using the power of the sun to power their airplane, the Solar Impulse 2, but their flying time totalled 23 days in the first ever round-the-world solar-powered flight. Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, founders of the project took turns to pilot the aircraft during their epic 16-month voyage to promote renewable energy.

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