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Projet Sol'r Nephelios Looks to Conquer the English Channel

By: Andrew Robichaud - Published: Aug 7, 2009 • References: projetsolr.over-blog and gizmag
The world’s first solar-powered blimp is ready to tackle the English Channel. A group of French students created Projet Sol’r in an attempt to build and fly a solar-powered blimp.

The result was the solar-powered Nephelios. Projet Sol’r and Nephelios has been a two-year process that has led the team to a 22-foot blimp that can travel at speeds between 30-35 kilometers per hour.

Projet Sol’r has grown to around 50 students, all putting in countless hours trying to get the solar-powered Nephelios ready for its maiden voyage.