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Sun-Powered Solar Impulse Plane Completes First Night Flight
Posted By Cameron Scott On July 8, 2010 @ 6:40 pm In Environment,Green Transportation,Innovation,Solar Power | 3 Comments
The Solar Impulse  airplane landed in Switzerland this morning after a 26-hour flight that proved that a solar-powered airplane  can fly in darkness. The propeller plane has nearly 12,000 solar cells on its 207-foot lightweight carbon-fiber wings. The cells stored enough energy between takeoff at 7 a.m. yesterday and nightfall last night to get pilot André Borschberg through the night at a maximum altitude of 28,000 feet.
The next step for the Solar Impulse  project will be a trans-Atlantic flight using a new prototype plane. Commercial solar flight, sadly, remains a long way off: the Solar Impulse  travels at 43 miles per hour and carries just the pilot. But you’ve got to start somewhere, and this team is making the kind of trail-blazing progress that will show others that solar  flight — in the dark! — can be done.
+ Solar Impulse 
Via Daily Mail 
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 Solar Impulse: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/30/solar-impulse-plane-unveiled-set-to-circle-the-globe/
 solar-powered airplane: http://inhabitat.com/2009/06/30/solar-impulse-plane-unveiled-set-to-circle-the-globe/
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 Solar Impulse: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=%22solar+impulse%22
 Solar Impulse: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/06/29/solar-impulse-airplane-gears-up-for-first-night-flight/
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 + Solar Impulse: http://www.solarimpulse.com/blog/blog.php?lang=en
 Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1292991/Solar-Impulse-plane-flies-non-stop-26-hours-overnight-test-flight.html
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