Edition:
United States
Pictures | Wed Apr 7, 2010 | 10:45am EDT

Solar powered plane

<p>Solar Impulse members prepare the airplane of German test pilot Markus Scherdel, who will steer the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight in Payerne, Switzerland April 7, 2010. The propeller plane, with a 61 metres (200 feet) wingspan, is powered by four electric motors and designed to fly day and night by saving surplus energy from its 12,000 solar cells in high-performance batteries.   REUTERS/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool</p>

Solar Impulse members prepare the airplane of German test pilot Markus Scherdel, who will steer the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight in Payerne, Switzerland April 7, 2010. The propeller plane, with a 61...more

Solar Impulse members prepare the airplane of German test pilot Markus Scherdel, who will steer the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight in Payerne, Switzerland April 7, 2010. The propeller plane, with a 61 metres (200 feet) wingspan, is powered by four electric motors and designed to fly day and night by saving surplus energy from its 12,000 solar cells in high-performance batteries. REUTERS/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool

Close
1 / 12
<p>A helicopter flies over the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane steered by German test pilot Markus Scherdel, during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. The flight follows six years' work by 50 engineers and technicians led by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard on the so-called Solar Impulse project. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich </p>

A helicopter flies over the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane steered by German test pilot Markus Scherdel, during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. The flight follows six years' work by 50 engineers and technicians led...more

A helicopter flies over the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane steered by German test pilot Markus Scherdel, during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. The flight follows six years' work by 50 engineers and technicians led by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard on the so-called Solar Impulse project. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Close
2 / 12
<p>German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010.  REUTERS/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool  </p>

German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool

German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool

Close
3 / 12
<p>German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight in front of the Swiss Alps April 7, 2010.   REUTERS/Christian Hartmann </p>

German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight in front of the Swiss Alps April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight in front of the Swiss Alps April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Close
4 / 12
<p>German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010.  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann  </p>

German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Close
5 / 12
<p>German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010.  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann  </p>

German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Close
6 / 12
<p>German test pilot Markus Scherdel, steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight in front of the Swiss Alps April 7, 2010. 
   REUTERS/Christian Hartmann </p>

German test pilot Markus Scherdel, steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight in front of the Swiss Alps April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

German test pilot Markus Scherdel, steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight in front of the Swiss Alps April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Close
7 / 12
<p>German test pilot Markus Scherdel, steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich  </p>

German test pilot Markus Scherdel, steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

German test pilot Markus Scherdel, steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

Close
8 / 12
<p>German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight over Payerne air base April 7, 2010.  REUTERS/Christian Hartmann  </p>

German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight over Payerne air base April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane during his first flight over Payerne air base April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Close
9 / 12
<p>German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane touch down after his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Pool/Fabrice Coffrini  </p>

German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane touch down after his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Pool/Fabrice Coffrini

German test pilot Markus Scherdel steers the solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane touch down after his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Pool/Fabrice Coffrini

Close
10 / 12
<p>Bertrand Piccard (R), pilot and president of Solar Impulse and Andre Borschberg (L), CEO and pilot of the company, congratulate German test pilot Markus Scherdel, after solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane's first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann  </p>

Bertrand Piccard (R), pilot and president of Solar Impulse and Andre Borschberg (L), CEO and pilot of the company, congratulate German test pilot Markus Scherdel, after solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane's first flight over Payerne...more

Bertrand Piccard (R), pilot and president of Solar Impulse and Andre Borschberg (L), CEO and pilot of the company, congratulate German test pilot Markus Scherdel, after solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane's first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Close
11 / 12
<p>Solar Impulse crew members pose for photographers in front of solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane after his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. 
   REUTERS/Christian Hartmann</p>

Solar Impulse crew members pose for photographers in front of solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane after his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Solar Impulse crew members pose for photographers in front of solar-powered Solar Impulse HB-SIA prototype airplane after his first flight over Payerne April 7, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

Close
12 / 12

Next Slideshows

Holy Week

Christians around the world mark the week before Easter.

Apr 02 2010

The Pope's reign

Images from the reign of Pope Benedict XVI.

Nov 22 2010

The art of eggs

Whether they're made with technical perfection or fun-loving designs, decorative Easter eggs are a surefire sign of the Easter season.

Apr 02 2010

New York Auto Show

A look at the new cars on display at the New York International Auto Show.

Apr 01 2010

MORE IN PICTURES

Bannon out at the White House

Bannon out at the White House

President Donald Trump has fired his chief strategist Steve Bannon, a person familiar with the decision told Reuters.

Mourning for Barcelona

Mourning for Barcelona

Vigils and moments of silence are held for those killed in the attack on Barcelona.

Van plows through crowd in Barcelona

Van plows through crowd in Barcelona

A van plowed into crowds in the Spanish city of Barcelona and a regional official said more than a dozen people were killed in what police said they were treating as a terrorist attack.

Photos of the week

Photos of the week

Our top photos from the past week.

Hope Hicks named White House interim communications director

Hope Hicks named White House interim communications director

Longtime Trump communications aide Hope Hicks has been named as interim communications director, in the latest personnel move for President Donald Trump as he continues to seek someone for the job.

Ripple effects of Charlottesville

Ripple effects of Charlottesville

Americans respond to the violence in Virginia, vandalizing or toppling Confederate monuments, vandalizing a Holocaust memorial in Boston and spray-painting the Lincoln Memorial with obscene graffiti.

Vigil in Charlottesville

Vigil in Charlottesville

Hundreds of people held candles and sang songs of love and fellowship in Charlottesville to remember Heather Heyer at what was billed as a vigil for unity.

Deadly mudslide in Sierra Leone

Deadly mudslide in Sierra Leone

Hundreds are dead after a mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown.

Fight like a girl

Fight like a girl

Women take it to the mat at an all-women wrestling event in London.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast