Images: Cross-Country Flight in a Solar-Powered Plane

Day and night

A camel on a landing strip in Rabat near the solar plane

(Image credit: © Solar Impulse | Jean Revillard)

In past trips, the solar plane flew day and night for 26 hours and also flew across the Mediterranean from Switzerland to Morocco. Here, the plane shares a landing strip with a camel in Rabat, Morocco

European jaunt

The solar plane arrives in Brussels

(Image credit: © Solar Impulse | Fred Merz)

On a trans-Mediterranean flight, the Solar Impulse plane touched down in Brussels, Belgium.

Around the world

A solar plane flying over Morocco

(Image credit: © Solar Impulse | Jean Revillard)

The team plans to make a round-the-world flight in 2015. Here, the plane is pictured flying over Morocco.


A team disassembling the solar impulse plane in Payerne France

(Image credit: © Solar Impulse | Niels Ackermann)

The plane was disassembled and brought over from Switzerland early this year.

Solar Impulse over California

Solar Impulse plane over San Francisco, Calif.

(Image credit: Solar Impulse)

The Solar Impulse plane is pictured here on a flight over San Francisco, Calif.

Tia Ghose
Managing Editor

Tia is the managing editor and was previously a senior writer for Live Science. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, and other outlets. She holds a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Washington, a graduate certificate in science writing from UC Santa Cruz and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Tia was part of a team at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that published the Empty Cradles series on preterm births, which won multiple awards, including the 2012 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism.