Solar Impulse Preps For First International Flight (PHOTOS)

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The team behind Solar Impulse plans to take the plane on its first international flight next month, leaving from Brussels on May 2, the Associated Press reports.

Bertrand Piccard, the man who co-piloted the first non-stop round-the-world balloon flight, is leading the Solar Impulse team.

The flight will be a "big challenge" as the plane will have to cross international air traffic networks, and all depends on the team getting the OK by authorities.

The plane, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 777, made its maiden voyage in Switzerland in 2009.


In July 2010, the plane completed its first 24-hour flight, showing naysayers that the plane can collect enough energy from the sun during the day to stay aloft at night. Eventually, the team hopes to circumnavigate the globe.


The plane is expected to show at the 49th International Paris Air Show in June.



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freekybig53

A plane that carries one person is the same as an electric car that goes forty miles on a recharge !! They are a great green novelty, but really useless in the real world !!

April 28 2011 at 8:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Dragonrydr

Ever hear of a research step? This is a beginning not a market product.
As for an electric car that only gets 40 miles on a recharge, that is the average days travel for 90% of Americans. We just THINK we need a 300+ mile car, because with a big country we have visions of driving all over it, which we rarely, if ever. do.

May 14 2011 at 9:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rob

To see a solar powered airplane have the capability of flying at night from the day's solar intake is very impressive. Congratulations to those who made it possible.

April 28 2011 at 7:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alfredschrader

To fly that at night, you take out a 1,000,000 candle power spot light & shine it on the wing....Alfie-

April 28 2011 at 6:38 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
drbuckles

It's the large corporations who are stopping innovations that will take us off oil, because they control the government and the 5 largest media outlets for their benefit. That's why you hear average Americans still talking drilling for oil, when after we peaked oil in 1970, and started exploring more in the middle east, who now has peaked their oil output, but they are keeping it a secret from the public, as long as they can. Hubbard predicted peak oil in the US and he was right on, and he predicted peak oil in the world about now. The big oil companies know this but are investing little in alternatives because they are public traded corporations that don't want to kill the goose that laid the golden egg. It will take the government to change the direction, but as you can see the Republicans and some of the corporate Democrats are still in their pockets. Democracy always works from the ground up, not from the top down. That means you....................................

April 28 2011 at 6:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
drbuckles

If you ever worked at a start up company you will know what I mean when that company goes public it stops growing and becomes a cash cow. I have a relative who moves from start up to start up because he doesn't like the corporate climate that comes with being on the market. When a company stops growing it starts protecting its self instead of investing in new technologies, just as GE has become an investment company than a leader in innovation. This all changed in the 80's with companies like Motorola, who fought the Wall Street take over Icahn types, who are only interested in making a buck. The most exciting companies to work for are the start ups, when they are growing and innovating, and after that it's stagnation and politics, because they would rather sell the old rather than the new.

April 28 2011 at 6:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
mount carmine

Some planes go up, and some planes go down. but not with me in them.

April 28 2011 at 6:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
elcasero1

I would like to see our country reurn to it's vcasic roots of the industrial revolution. A time when America led the world in technology, manufacturing capability and marketing. Today, it seems our tax dollars are spent on reasearch and development by the government and the results are given to the world for $000.00 dollars. Other cointries then take our technology and sell it back to us putting the profits in their pockets. Petroleum technologies from drilling to production, cell phones, computer technology, medicine, military etc. What gives?

April 28 2011 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
drbuckles

The Wright brothers had a stick plane, if I remember correctly, and then they evolved into the modern aviation. There are always going to be naysayers to every new technology that comes by, but the people who have dreams and actual ability to do the impossible always find a way to create their dreams, and the naysayers, they become the users of that technology. If we listened to negative talk, we wouldn't have founded America. The real problem today is that the people who control the wealth, like oil companies, use their wealth to stop innovations, like the Ogle carburetor, that gets over 100 miles per gallon, and was killed by big oil and the car companies. google it...................and watch the documentary Gas Hole.

April 28 2011 at 5:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
yankeei

Yes, temcase, they do look stick planes now. I hope this technology and other sustainable energy fuel technologies continue to grow so we can wean ourselves from the fossil fuels. The stuff is out there, but the profits aren't there yet. We "gotta" make it so.

April 28 2011 at 5:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
temcase

It looks just like the stick planes made of balsa we used assemble and fly as kids. I hope he has better luck with his than we did. Ours were limited to the backyard--his will go to the moon!

April 28 2011 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply