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Magnificent solar plane due here in May, to stay 3 days

The plane's 17,248 solar cells recharge the advanced lithium polymer batteries, enabling the plane to fly at night. The batteries power four electric motors that propel the plane./Stefatou/Rezo.ch
The plane’s 17,248 solar cells recharge the advanced lithium polymer batteries, enabling the plane to fly at night. The batteries power four electric motors that propel the plane./Stefatou/Rezo.ch

By Laurel Merrill | The Arizona Republic

The Solar Impulse 2, a plane that is circumnavigating the globe without a drop of fuel, is making Phoenix one of its 12 stops around the world.

The aircraft’s pilots say they are trying to change the world by flying around it in a plane powered by the sun’s energy.

Their message is that if the Solar Impulse 2, with a weight equal to a midsize car’s and a wing span equal to a 747’s, can travel 22,000 miles without fuel, then so can many machines.

“We believe that renewable energies are a source of social cohesion, prosperity and peace,” Solar Impulse 2 pilots and co-founders Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg said in a joint statement.

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