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

The plane's total battery capacity is about equivalent to a fully loaded Tesla Roadster, and it's capable of simultaneously charging its batteries and driving its electric motors while in flight.

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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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