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Andre Borschberg (left), Solar Impulse co-founder, CEO and pilot, greets pilot Bertrand Piccard at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix early on Saturday, May 4, 2013, after Mr. Piccard completed the first leg of the Solar Impulse aircraft's coast-to-coast flight. (AP Photo/Scuteri)

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Andre Borschberg (left), Solar Impulse co-founder, CEO and pilot, greets pilot Bertrand Piccard at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix early on Saturday, May 4, 2013, after Mr. Piccard completed the first leg of the Solar Impulse aircraft's coast-to-coast flight. (AP Photo/Scuteri)

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Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg flies in the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane after its first night flight attempt near Payerne airport, Switzerland, as the sun rises, Thursday, July 8, 2010. The experimental solar-powered plane landed safely after completing its first 24-hour test flight. The record feat brings it one step closer to the makers' ultimate aim of circling the globe using only energy from the sun.(AP Photo/Keystone/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool)

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Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg flies over the Neuchatel lake in the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane after its first successful night flight attempt at Payerne airport, Switzerland, Thursday, July 8, 2010. The aircraft took off July 7 at 06:51 a.m. and reached an altitude of 28,543 feet by the end of the day. It then slowly descent to 4,921 feet and flew during the night on the batteries, charged during the day by 12,000 solar cells, which powered the four electric motors. It landed July 8 at 09.00 a.m. for a flight time of 26 hours and 9 minutes, setting the longest and highest flight ever made by a solar plane. (AP Photo/Keystone, Denis Balibouse, Pool)

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Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg flies in the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane after its first night flight attempt near Payerne airport, Switzerland, as the sun rises, Thursday, July 8, 2010 . The experimental solar-powered plane landed safely after completing its first 24-hour test flight. The record feat brings it one step closer to the makers' ultimate aim of circling the globe using only energy from the sun. (AP Photo/Keystone/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool)

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Solar Impulse's team chief Bertrand Piccard, left, and Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg celebrate after successfully landing the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane after its first successful night flight attempt at Payerne airport, Switzerland, on Thursday, July 8, 2010. The aircraft took off July 7 at 06:51 a.m. and reached an altitude of 28,543 feet by the end of the day. It then slowly descent to 4,921 feet and flew during the night on the batteries, charged during the day by 12,000 solar cells, which powered the four electric motors. It landed July 8 at 09.00 a.m. for a flight time of 26 hours 9 minutes setting the longest and highest flight ever made by a solar plane. (AP Photo/Keystone, Dominic Favre, Pool)

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Solar Impulse's team chief Bertrand Piccard, left, and Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg celebrate after successfully landing the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane after its first successful night flight attempt at Payerne airport, Switzerland, on Thursday, July 8, 2010. The aircraft took off July 7 at 06:51 a.m. and reached an altitude of 28,543 feet by the end of the day. It then slowly descent to 4,921 feet and flew during the night on the batteries, charged during the day by 12,000 solar cells, which powered the four electric motors. It landed July 8 at 09.00 a.m. for a flight time of 26 hours 9 minutes setting the longest and highest flight ever made by a solar plane. (AP Photo/Keystone, Dominic Favre, Pool)

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Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg flies in the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane after its first night flight attempt near Payerne airport, Switzerland, as the sun rises, Thursday, July 8, 2010. The experimental solar-powered plane landed safely after completing its first 24-hour test flight. The record feat brings it one step closer to the makers' ultimate aim of circling the globe using only energy from the sun.(AP Photo/Keystone/Fabrice Coffrini/Pool)

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Solar Impulse's team chief Bertrand Piccard, left and Solar Impulse's Chief Executive Officer and pilot Andre Borschberg, celebrate after successfully landing the solar-powered HB-SIA prototype airplane after its first successful night flight attempt at Payerne airport on Thursday, July 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Keystone, Dominic Favre, Pool)