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News: Green Yacht PlanetSolar is launched in the Baltic Sea, Germany.

April 6, 2010 by john
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The 31st March 2010 will undoubtedly remain a special day in PlanetSolar history. Today the floats of the largest solar-powered catamaran in the world touched the water for the first time. For an enormous boat you need enormous equipment. A very imposing crane, higher than 110 metres, removed the 60-ton PlanetSolar from her hangar. During this hour-long manoeuvre the guests, who were fascinated, were able to admire the “flight” of PlanetSolar in the skies over Kiel (Germany). The boat was then placed delicately into the Baltic Sea where she will remain for a test period of several months before she is ferried to the Mediterranean.

In this month’s PlanetSolar minute, you can relive the best moments of this day when PlanetSolar took off and made her first contact with the water!

Next stages:

- April : first time the propellers are used and tests
- 5 to 10 May 2010 : first voyages and celebrations in the port of Hamburg

We will be delighted to contact you again soon for the next stage in the PlanetSolar adventure!

Raphaël Domjan and Gérard d’Aboville, 1st of April 2010

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