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Solar Impulse arrives in Paris for air show debut

2011-06-15 02:21:22 GMT2011-06-15 10:21:22(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Crew members guide the Swiss solar powered aeroplane, Solar Impuls, to its final destination after landing at le Bourget, airport, near Paris, Tuesday, June 14, 2011, where it will be exhibited at the Paris Air Show, which opens on June 20. (Reuters Photo)

Crew members guide the Swiss solar powered aeroplane, Solar Impuls, to its final destination after landing at le Bourget, airport, near Paris, Tuesday, June 14, 2011, where it will be exhibited at the Paris Air Show, which opens on June 20. (Reuters Photo)

Pilot and CEO of Solar Impulse Andre Borschberg smiles as he poses after landing the Swiss solar-powered airplane at Le Bourget Airport, near Paris, June 14, 2011, where it will be exhibited at the Paris Air Show, which opens on June 20. (Reuters Photo)

Pilot and CEO of Solar Impulse, Andre Borschberg (L) shakes hands with the head of the recovery crew, Tahan Pangaribuan after the landing of the Swiss solar-powered airplane at Le Bourget Airport, near Paris, June 14, 2011, where it will be exhibited at the Paris Air Show, which opens on June 20. (AFP Photo)

A helicopter flies over Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg with the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype aircraft during a flight from Brussels to Paris, June 11, 2011. (AFP Photo)

Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg drives the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype aircraft during a flight from Brussels to Paris, June 11, 2011. (AFP Photo)

PARIS, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Solar Impulse, a Swiss solar-powered aircraft, finally arrived in Paris on Tuesday after three days' delay, ready for a debut at the biennial International Paris Air Show.

The 1.6-ton solar-powered plane was expected to land in Paris on Saturday but technical problems and bad weather forced it to turn back to Brussels.

The plane took its first international flight from Switzerland to Brussels on May 13 and then marked its second international flight to Paris. It has 12,000 solar cells mounted on the wings, which provide momentum for its four electric motors.

Solar Impulse is the first aeroplane designed to fly day and night without requiring fuel and without producing carbon emission. The 64-meter-wingspan (as wide as an Airbus A340) can fly at extremely slow speed and has a weight equivalent to that of an average family car.

Regarded as a "special guest" in the show, Solar Impulse made a historic 26-hour day and night flight without fuel in July 2010.

During the Paris air show from 20 to 26 June, visitors can enjoy a close look at the innovative plane on ground every day and if weather condition permits, flying displays will take place.

According to Paris Air Show organizers, 59 of the top 100 companies in the air industry worldwide will be present. More than 1,800 small and medium-sized companies will be exhibiting their products during the one-week show. Enditem

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