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World's First Solar Powered Plane

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 08:34 PM

On May 1, the world’s first solar-powered plane will take off from Moffett Field in Mountain View, California — the home of NASA’s Ames Research Center – and fly across the US to New York. Even though the Solar Impulse plane could probably fly non-stop, day and night with no fuel, instead it will make several stops in US cities such as Phoenix, Dallas, and Washington, D.C. This would be a kind of “get to know you” tour for the US while the founders of Solar Impulse, Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard and and pilot Andre Borschberg, want to spread their message of sustainability and technology.


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:30 PM

Solar powered plane, look how much fuel that would save.

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 01:00 PM

I am well aware that solar planes - or solar anything - do not need constant, direct sunlight in order to operate, but it is amusing to imagine a flight path from CA to NY that meanders the country avoiding all of the clouds. LOL

I hope something like this is put to good use and we see more of them available.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 08:51 PM

View PostHilander, on 02 April 2013 - 09:30 PM, said:

Solar powered plane, look how much fuel that would save.

Not that much, because not everyone will jump at the plane when its sucessfull. atleast not for another 10-30 years

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