Would you like that sunny-side up?!
April 7, 2010 7:32 PM Subscribe
Solar takes to the skies.
The Solar Impulse
took flight today, reaching an altitude of 5500 feet over 87 minutes.With a wingspan of over 60 meters
, close to that of a Boeing 747, it weighs about as much as a small car. Its 12,000 solar cells generate power for the 40hp engine, with an average speed of 70 kph (44 mph). The team will continue testing the prototype, including a 36 hour overnight flight, before constructing an even lighter
, more powerful
, more stable
plane, with the goal of flying around the world in 2012, traveling both during both the day and at night, without fuel.
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