| We have built solar powered aircraft, says innovator
January 19, 2010 -- Is it possible to build an airplane that can fly without gasoline? Yes, says innovator named Betrand Piccard. When Bertrand Piccard came up with his audacious plan to fly around the world in an aircraft powered only by the sun, he found that airplane manufacturers were skeptical such a plane could be built.
So who built the first model of "Solar Impulse," Piccard's $72-million solar-powered craft? A company that makes ships.
Piccard, who won the first trans