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Solar-Powered Plane Clears Huge Hurdle: Flying at Night

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by glych t.anomaly, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member


    Solar-Powered Plane Flies Through the Night For the First Time

    Every few months, the Solar Impulse aircraft embarks upon another test flight, working gradually toward the goal of circumnavigating the globe. Yesterday, it flew for 26 hours, powered through the night by sun it collected during the day.

    The flight, according to the Solar Impulse team, was both the longest and the highest ever for a solar-powered aircraft, reaching 28,000 feet above sea level and lasting 26 hours and 9 minutes.

    André Borschberg, a former pilot for the Swiss air force, flew the plane, and despite a sore back and the cockpit's overnight temperature of minus 20 degrees Celsius (a temperature that froze his water system and, perhaps even worse, his iPod battery), he understood the significance of his flight:

    I've been a pilot for 40 years now, but this flight has been the most incredible one of my flying career...Just sitting there and watching the battery charge level rise and rise thanks to the sun. I have just flown more than 26 hours without using a drop of fuel and without causing any pollution.
    The next test for Solar Impulse? A flight across the Atlantic. In the meantime, the team will be starting work on a newer model of the plane that they hope will fly around the world, powered only from the sun, by 2013.

    this is really amazing, considering alot of advancements in new or alternative fuels.

    who knows maybe in 5 years we could be in solar powered commercial jets, and airlines wouldnt be reliant on fuel to the degree they are now !

    i love shit like this.

  2. AgentSanchez

    AgentSanchez TRIBE Promoter

    Cool! But -20c in the cockpit? Damn that's a frigid plane ride!
  3. glych t.anomaly

    glych t.anomaly TRIBE Member

    hahah yeah i almost posted something about wanting more space to huddle for warmth etc.

    the energy reserves and the amount of energy harnessed will have to increase ALOT before it will be any where close to commercial use.


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