A plane developed by Solar Impulse landed Thursday morning after a 26-hour flight that was entirely powered by solar energy. Pilot André Borschberg, CEO and co-founder of the Solar Impulse project said, “I have just flown more than 26 hours without using a drop of fuel and without causing any pollution!.”
Getting ready for takeoff.
Credit: Solar Impulse.
Endorsing the confident on alternative energy can be used to run our planet for another longer time.
Congratulations for this great invention! Give a decade and this will be the standard plane. Well done.
Its not new that solar power could be the driving force behind mans need for energy.. My question is why did it take so long.. to be realized.. I also have a great flying invention i hope one day i maybe asked to share my invention...
the HUMAN powered flight? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MIT_Daedalus
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So how fast was the plane able to fly, what altitudes, what did it cost to manufacture, will the FAA certify the aircraft as airworthy for commercial production and will this technology ever be reliable enough for commercial operation (Part 135)? Logn way to go. But still cool. Makes flying affordable since most small aircraft single engine planes burn fuel at a rate of at least 10 gallons per hour (@ about $6 per gallon, at 135 mph)
Congratulation Solar Impulse and Pilot Andr? for developing solar plane and its successful flight. WE hope it will be plane of near future. Wishing its bright future as low cost transport as well as pollution free earth.
The surface area needed to gather the solar energy could be increased greatly and the ability to stay aloft un or low powered improved by applying the technology to blimps! IF one could build low weight high pressure vessels, some of the solar energy gathered above current day-light needs could be put into compressing air that could later be used to power the blimp when the sun went down. That could be more efficient / less weight than battery storage?
As the previous post mentions... we have to count the polution of creating a solar plane with loads of batteries and composite materials that are not all easily recycled. Trucking raw materials around to factories that create motors, solar panels and batteries does not equal "no polution". I still like it, though. I wonder if he rode his bike or drove the UofM solar car to the airport.
Well how about all the energy and toxic chemicals used to make the plane? I am all for this and other fuel use, however lets not be hypocritical, aren't we just shifting were the pollution is coming from? Granted hopefully its less. Lithium battery disposal, etc
waoh!! fantastic. great hope to the human kind this coming decade. Can I volunteer to be a passenger in the first passenger flight!!
The flight did not use a drop of fuel and no pollution. Speculation about pollution generated during the solar planes manufacture only underlines the benefits of the solar plane versus fossil fuel power planes and pollution created to manuafacture and fly them and fly them and fly them. A speciifc amount of pollution generated once compared to fuel and pollution generated and used over and over and over...I like the solar option.