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Solar-Powered Airplane Has Its Maiden Flight


The Solar Impulse HB-SIA, a solar-powered aircraft under development for an emissions-free around-the-world flight, had its maiden flight on April 7. Bertrand Piccard, the adventurer who first flew a balloon non-stop around the globe, is the chairman of the Solar Impulse project. The plane was flown to an altitude of 4,000 feet during its 87 minute test flight in Switzerland.

The single-seat plane has the levitra prices canada wingspan of a 747 covered with nearly 12,000 solar cells which provide the power for the four electric motors. Further tests, including longer duration flights to test batteries and how to get viagra no prescription verify the ability of the plane to fly through the night will be the next step for this project. Solar Impulse plans a flight to cross the Atlantic in 2012 in preparation for an eventual non-stop, around the globe flight.

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via: EERE News

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Why is this news?
written by Carl, April 15, 2010
Air travel is never going to look there purchase of levitra be solar powered, this is nothing more than a curiosity of the best site online viagra engineering. It is much like how there were some workable steam powered airplanes in the viagra sales in canada 1930s.

A nuclear powered airplane would be newsworthy.
written by Levinson-Axelrod, April 15, 2010
It's still a great project.
written by FluxFox, April 20, 2010
I don’t think that this shouldn't be news. It is a great advancement in how well one can efficiently use solar power. If you can build a plane that can do non-stop global flight on solar power, just think what else you can accomplish with that level of solar efficiently.

Nuclear powered planes would scare the crap out of me. Just think of the damage if a plane crashed some where.

Personally I can see short flight jumps going solar powered in some areas. Not anytime soon mind you, but I can’t write it off as a possibility.
written by Spence, April 20, 2010
It may or may not ever be used for air travel, but it certainly would have other applications, esp military and surveilance.
I was interested in knowing as to how the Solar Panels generate electric current?
written by mark carter, April 28, 2010
Well the Solar panels work off of the principles present in most semiconductors.Solar Panels are made of Silcon.When sunlight strikes one of these silicon crystals it causes the crystal to emit electric current.The crystals are backed by wiring to channel the current, and a series of panels can be set up as an array to further boost the amount of current they produce. Foe more info use can visit www(dot) FreeCleanSolar(dot)com
written by mark carter, April 28, 2010
What is the pay back time of the most common third genaration Silicon Panels available in the market today?

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