When Solar Impulse 2 flew around the world in 2015-16, including Andre Borschberg’s almost five-day solo flight across the Pacific, it dispelled the belief that solar-powered aircraft must be gossamer machines with limited capabilities. Now the 236-ft.-span poster child for clean technology is being prepared for a new role—as a heavy-payload, long-endurance unmanned aircraft for commercial and government markets. The famed aircraft has been acquired by U.S. startup Skydweller ...

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