|Solar Impulse 2 first flight. Photo: Solar Impulse
[Avionics Today 11-26-2014] Dassault Systèmes announced the renewal of its ongoing technical partnership with Solar Impulse and publicly committed itself to the next phases of the solar-powered, round-the-world airplane project. The Solar Impulse 2 airplane, which aims to run completely on solar power, was revealed on April 9 and successfully test flown in June of this year.
Solar Impulse uses Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience platform to design, build and validate this second solar airplane. Solar Impulse 1 was a test bed for the incredibly complex new technologies required to fly day and night using solar energy alone. Solar Impulse 2 will carry the mission forward and fly around the world in 2015.