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Solar Impulse

A solar powered plane

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In Spirit We Soar

  • Jul 19, 2010
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 we might wish to think differently (especially if you're raised in the western realm of reality), contribute minutely to mankind. As a whole, we are a different species altogether. We have been said to conquer the planet! Looking back, we cross the land, the sea and now the air space. In future, we might just venture further afield through the galaxy! Such is the human conquest.

What brought about this remarkable accomplishment is none other but our adventure spirit. And often we see the best at the most unexpected places. The human spirit at its best is what made us as a species advances. It is in solving problems that we translate our resources (often internally) into greater heights and in Solar Impulse case, into something unheard of. Powering an aircraft for an entire day using simply solar power & flown by a human (the historical flight on July 8 was piloted by Andre Borschberg)! That's not only the most remarkable thing I've heard of for a long long time, that's also the most viable and technically advance news that's such a welcome after the engineering disaster of 2008! It's not some greedy financial engineering this world needs. It is this kind of profound & sustainable engineering we clamor for!

On July 8, 2010, this Swiss company made the first night flight ever by a solar plane flying for 26 hours! It's definitely a historical moment in the Aviation industry! It's destined to change our lives in future, I'm sure of it! So, how do we made a difference to history? As this is still an initial stage of development, this project needs support from the world, from people who are passionate about flying and from those who are into green energy!  Each of us can make a difference by supporting this project. Solar Impulse has made it easy for our involvement by allowing visionaries and the hopefuls to adopt the solar cells on the plane! if you think this is something you can relate to and wish to make a difference, check it out at Solar Impulse Supporters Program!

Solar Impulse is certainly a success story!
It has "a wingspan of over 63 m - the same as an Airbus A340 - and is nearly 22 m long. It weighs 1600 kg and has nearly 12,000 solar cells attached to its wings and horizontal stabilizers. The plane is also equipped with 4 electric engines and has a top speed of 70 km per hour."

According to Swiss co-founder Bertrand Piccard (an adventurer who piloted the first non-stop balloon flight around the world a decade ago): "The goal of the project is to have a solar-powered plane flying day and night without fuel."

This review may be ahead of time but I hope one day I'd embark on the actual flight and write a practical review about it. It's definitely something to look forward to and a lot less far fetched than a trip to outer space! 

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July 19, 2010
wow! I dunno how you do it, Sharrie, but keep on doing it! Nice work finding these topics!
July 19, 2010
I didn't exactly look for them. It was on the news! ;-)
July 19, 2010
well, I barely have time to see the news these days LOL!
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Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
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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!
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I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
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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[1]. 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.[2] 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.[3]
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