Solar Impulse is a European long-range solar powered plane project currently being undertaken at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The project is promoted by Bertrand Piccard, who piloted the first balloon to circle the world non-stop. This project hopes to repeat that feat using only solar power. The first aircraft, officially named HB-SIA, is a one-seater, capable of taking off under its own power, and intended to remain airborne up to 36 hours. Building on the experience of this prototype, a slightly larger follow-on design (HB-SIB) is planned to make circumnavigation of the globe in 20–25 days.
There are times in life when one is presented a most universal opportunity to make an impact on history. Those times don't come often & at times economically impossible. Strangely enough, unless you grasp it, it passes you by without much of a fanfare. And yet, if you take action, it might not have made a dent in your life! That's Murphy's Law?! In the grand scheme of things, a singly human is only incidental in the history books. Each of us, even though … more
The 1st manned flight around the world in a solar powered plane flown by André Borschberg on July 7, 2010 signifies the beginning of a new era. The plane will be airborne for 25 hours. History is in the making!