The Solar Impulse HB-SIA that hop-scotched across America earlier this year, finishing its epic, sun-fueled cross-continent journey in early July, has since been broken down, packed into a jumbo jet and returned to Europe. An ocean was too big a hurdle for this plane – but come 2015, things could be different for the Swiss team of adventurers.
The Solar Impulse took off from Phoenix at 4:47 local time yesterday morning and headed to Dallas.
The record-setting Solar Impulse airplane has landed in America. It didn’t fly here – well, it did, but it did so disassembled and packed into the cargo load of a Boeing 747 for the trip from its home base in Switzerland to Moffett Federal Airfield in Silicon Valley.
Solar power might not ever become a meaningful part of air travel, but who really cares?
Solar Impulse has successfully completed its first night flight, the first solar-powered plane to do so.
The solar powered plane Solar Impulse has begun its first 24-hour test flight, aiming to make it through the night on power collected during the day.