Track 1: SolarStratos aims to be the first manned solar airplane to reach the stratosphere.
Track 2: On May 5th, SolarStratos took its first flight in Switzerland. The prototype flew for 7 minutes at an altitude of just 300 meters
Track 3: But the goal is to one day reach 24,000 meters, well into the stratosphere, propelled by nothing more than the plane’s electric motor and solar panels.
Track 4: To reach the stratosphere will take about 5 hours, and the pilot will have to wear a space suit since the aircraft will not be pressurized.
Track 5: The project is the brainchild of explorer, Raphael Domjan. Raphael has a history of breaking world records with clean energy. In 2012, his boat, the PlanetSolar, became the first solar ship to circumnavigate the globe.
Track 6: With SolarStratos, Raphel hopes to open stratospheric exploration to the public as well as to scientists.
Track 7: SolarStratos is following in the footsteps of record-breaking Swiss solar plane, Solar Impulse. From 2015 to 2016, it flew in stages around the world propelled by nothing but solar energy. The designs of each aircraft are similar: they’re light, have large wingspans and lots of space for solar panels.
Track 8: The SolarStratos team will now study the plane’s test flight results before scheduling a longer test flight.