Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Briefly: Will You Fly Solar Powered Airplanes?

It's not such a remote possibility anymore if AndrĂ© Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard are taken seriously enough. The young men have decided to make history with their invention -Solar Impulse. Solar Impulse is a single seater airplane that relies SOLELY on sunlight as its power source. According to the co-founders, Solar Impulse is to inspire people to invent, break the mindset of impossibility and encourage the adoption of alternative energy using technology.

In testing their invention for acceptance, Borschberg embarked on the most difficult adventure of flying the Impulse for six days and 5 nights non-stop across the Pacific Ocean, from Nanjing, China, to Honolulu covering approximately 8,172 km (5,078 miles). However, the pilot made an emergency landing in Japan, after 36 hours of flying, due to poor weather condition, a decision that brought the expedition to halt.

Prior to this aborted round the world solar flight, the solar impulse had been flown across United States, Morroco and Europe from 2011 to 2013 .

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