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Imag­ine be­ing able to fly where you like with­out leav­ing a car­bon foot­print? Well, you can—if you can get your hands on the So­lar Im­pulse 2. The amaz­ing craft is the only air­plane ca­pa­ble of per­pet­ual en­durance, able to fly day and night solely on so­lar power, with­out a drop of fuel. The revo­lu­tion­ary car­bon-fi­bre sin­gle-seater has a wing­span wider than a jumbo and weighs 2300kg, not much more than the av­er­age car. Some of the power from its 17,000 so­lar cells is stored in bat­ter­ies to power the craft at night. The So­lar Im­pulse 2 re­cently made a record-break­ing flight from Nagoya to Hawaii, and is sched­uled to con­tinue its am­bi­tious in­au­gu­ral at­tempt to fly around the world us­ing only the sun as its power source this year.

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