Gallery: Solar Impulse Airplane to Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Acro...

After the Solar Impulse completes its journey across the United States this July, the team will devote all of their energy to preparing for the project's trip around the world in 2015. The rigors of intercontinental travel demand a newly designed airplane dubbed the HB-SIB, which will feature updated, cutting-edge components and systems, isolated electrical circuitry that can withstand rain, and more cabin space for sleeping during flights up to 5 days long.

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  1. Pharther Phurther March 31, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    My mistake. He did mke it;

    During August of 1990, The Sunseeker crossed the country in 21 flights, with 121 hours in the air.

    First this century, perhaps.

  2. Pharther Phurther March 31, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Not the first. The first attempt was Greg Raymond in 1992. Lack of funding made the journey inoperable, not unlike many of these innovative ideas in the 90’s. Greg easily flew the SunSeeker up and down CA. It had space-grade cells and state of the art nickel cadmium batteries. Pic:

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