First global solar plane flight

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First global solar plane flight

Postby trailblaze on Tue Jan 20, 2015 1:41 pm

The quest to complete the first solar-powered flight around the world moved a bit closer to reality Tuesday.

Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg announced the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft will depart the United Arab Emirates on their historic adventure in late February or early March, making a total of 12 planned stops.

The route includes landings in Myanmar; China; India; Phoenix, Arizona; and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. At speeds between 50 and 100 kilometers per hour (31-62 mph) Piccard and Borschberg aim to circle the globe flying about 25 days over a total of about five months.

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/20/trave ... index.html

Cool, but grounded on cloudy days. What's the point though, as it will never catch on with the big jets on the block?

Maybe this will help the idea of solar panels for your house, boat, camper catch on. Lower our footprint on the environment and live healthy. The sun is there, it's
free so why do some not get the savings to their pocketbook once you are up and running. Hydro is only going to get more expensive, so why not start saving instead of
spending.
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