April 30, 2014 – Solar Flight announced that test flights of the Sunseeker Duo, the first solar-powered airplane with a passenger seat, have been ongoing since it first flew on December 17, 2013, at the company’s facilities in Voghera, Italy.
The company aims to have the aircraft tested and ready to offer passenger flights by the summer.
The Sunseeker Duo is Solar Flight’s third solar powered airplane. Thanks to improved technology, this latest addition to the lineup features lithium batteries with seven times the capability of the company’s first effort - Sunseeker I. That aircraft made history in the summer of 1990 when Solar Flight’s Eric Raymond flew it across the United States, achieving the first solar powered aircraft to do so.
The Sunseeker II was notable in its first crossing of the Alps. The project is led by Raymond and his wife, Irena.