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Solar Impulse to Start Around the World Flight from Abu Dhabi Next Year

Solar Impulse to Start Around the World Flight from Abu Dhabi Next Year

The first attempt at an around the world flight powered completely by solar cells will be setting off from Abu Dhabi in March 2015, according to the team behind Solar Impulse. With a 63 meter wing span,

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INTERVIEW: GrabCAD Looks Under the Hood of the New Solar Impulse 2 Airplane

INTERVIEW: GrabCAD Looks Under the Hood of the New Solar Impulse 2 Airplane

Earlier this week Inhabitat reported that the Solar Impulse 2 launched its maiden flight in preparation for its record-breaking sun-powered trip around the world next year. The lightweight and

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Meet the Solar Impulse 2: The First Airplane to Attempt a Round-The-World Solar-Powered Flight!

Meet the Solar Impulse 2: The First Airplane to Attempt a Round-The-World Solar-Powered Flight!

After the Solar Impulse prototype broke 8 world records for solar-powered flight, creators Borschberg and Piccard knew it was time to tackle the next big challenge: a trip around the entire planet. In

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Solar Impulse Lands in New York, Completing Cross-Country Flight

Solar Impulse Lands in New York, Completing Cross-Country Flight

It's been an epic journey for the Solar Impuse airplane and pilots Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard. Two months ago, Piccard departed from the NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, and

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Solar Impulse Launches ‘Revolutionary’ Inflatable Hangar to Provide Shelter from Stormy Weather in St. Louis

Solar Impulse Launches ‘Revolutionary’ Inflatable Hangar to Provide Shelter from Stormy Weather in St. Louis

A revolutionary inflatable hangar has replaced a tornado-torn building in St. Louis, Missouri that was set aside for the Solar Impulse plane during its groundbreaking solar-powered flight across the

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Solar Impulse Pilots Hosting Reddit Ask Me Anything TODAY at 1PM EST

Solar Impulse Pilots Hosting Reddit Ask Me Anything TODAY at 1PM EST

This amazing Solar Impulse airplane recently completed the second leg of its sun-powered journey across the United States, and today co-founders and pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are

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Solar Impulse Departs for Dallas on Second Leg of Sun-Powered Flight Across America

Solar Impulse Departs for Dallas on Second Leg of Sun-Powered Flight Across America

This morning the Solar Impulse airplane embarked upon the next leg of its sun-powered journey across the United States. The solar-powered giant has already traveled from the San Francisco Bay Area to

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Solar Impulse Launches Solar-Powered Flight from San Francisco to New York

Solar Impulse Launches Solar-Powered Flight from San Francisco to New York

The Solar Impulse plane is an entirely sun-powered, single-seat airplane that is capable of flying for 36 hours consecutively. In late March we got our first glimpse of the Solar Impulse, and last week it

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Solar Impulse Completes Final Test Flight Over San Francisco Before its Sun-Powered Journey Across America

Solar Impulse Completes Final Test Flight Over San Francisco Before its Sun-Powered Journey Across America

The Solar Impulse just completed its final test flight before it travels across the U.S. without using a single drop of fuel. The plane spent most of yesterday cruising around 3,500 feet over the San

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Solar Impulse Airplane to Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America!

Solar Impulse Airplane to Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America!

The Solar Impulse is the world's first airplane to fly both day and night without fuel. There's a lot of engineering behind this incredible feat - the plane's wingspan is the size of an Airbus A340 (208

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Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London

Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London

Australian pilot Jeremy Rowsell is set to break new boundaries for alternative energy by flying from Australia to Britain in an airplane powered entirely by plastic waste. Rowsell's "Wings of Waste"

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Solar Impulse Team to Attempt First Ever Solar-Powered Cross-U.S.A Flight in History

Solar Impulse Team to Attempt First Ever Solar-Powered Cross-U.S.A Flight in History

Flights across the U.S. have become quite commonplace since Calbraith Perry Rodgers completed the first one ever back in 1911, but now a new group of aviation pioneers wants to attempt the same feat with

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Elektra One Solar Plane Now Comes With its Own Photovoltaic Charging Trailer

Elektra One Solar Plane Now Comes With its Own Photovoltaic Charging Trailer

SolarWorld and PC-Aero's Elektra One Solar Plane harnesses energy from the sun to help it fly with zero-emissions. We covered the maiden flight of the solar plane in the past, and Elektra One just debuted

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Solar Impulse Airplane Returns Home After World’s First Solar-Powered Intercontinental Flight

Solar Impulse Airplane Returns Home After World’s First Solar-Powered Intercontinental Flight

Following the completion of the world’s first solar-powered intercontinental flight, the Solar Impulse airplane has returned home to Switzerland. After flying for 6,700 miles over four countries and two

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Solar Impulse Completes World’s First Solar-Powered Intercontinental Flight!

Solar Impulse Completes World’s First Solar-Powered Intercontinental Flight!

Late last night the Solar Impulse successfully completed the world's first solar-powered intercontinental flight! After taking off from Spain, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg piloted their Solar

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Solar Impulse Airplane to Attempt World’s First Solar-Powered Intercontinental Flight Today!

Solar Impulse Airplane to Attempt World’s First Solar-Powered Intercontinental Flight Today!

The Solar Impulse solar-powered plane will take off from Madrid-Barajas airport (Spain) at 11:30PM (ESDT) and will ascend to an altitude of 12,000 feet in the direction of Seville. The plane will then

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Solar Impulse Sun-Powered Plane Will Attempt to Fly from Switzerland to Morocco

Solar Impulse Sun-Powered Plane Will Attempt to Fly from Switzerland to Morocco

For the first time ever, a solar plane will attempt to fly from Switzerland to Morocco. Back in 2011 Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg flew their Solar Impulse plane from Paris to Brussels, however

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Solar Impulse Airplane Makes Public Debut at Paris Air Show

Solar Impulse Airplane Makes Public Debut at Paris Air Show

The one-seater solar aircraft is similar in size to a large plane, but it only weighs as much as a regular car. It is powered by 12,000 solar cells that cover the plane's wings. They absorb the sun’s

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Solar Impulse Sun-Powered Plane Successfully Completes First International Flight

Solar Impulse Sun-Powered Plane Successfully Completes First International Flight

The totally solar powered Solar Impulse aircraft made its maiden international flight across Europe today, piloted by Andre Borschberg. Slowly but surely, the aircraft flew from western Switzerland and

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Solar Impulse Plane Prepares for First International Flight

Solar Impulse Plane Prepares for First International Flight

The Solar Impulse solar plane, which in 2010 demonstrated it could harvest enough energy by day to stay aloft all night, will soon take its first international flight. The team will be headed by Bertrand

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The Solar Impulse Undertakes an Incredible Trans-Switzerland Flight

The Solar Impulse Undertakes an Incredible Trans-Switzerland Flight

We here at Inhabitat are huge fans of the Solar Impulse, an incredible zero emission aircraft powered by 12,000 solar cells located on its wings. Over the last year we've cheered this stellar solar

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Boeing’s Solar Spy Plane Could Fly for Five Years Straight

Boeing’s Solar Spy Plane Could Fly for Five Years Straight

Political correctness aside, Boeing's proposed solar-powered spy plane is really freakin' cool: the company says the plane it's building for the DOD will be able to fly unmanned for five years straight.

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Solar Impulse Plane Prepares For Switzerland Test Flights

Solar Impulse Plane Prepares For Switzerland Test Flights

The Solar Impulse solar-powered airplane is unstoppable so far. Earlier this summer, the single-seat plane completed its first night flight, and now the aircraft is getting ready for three test flights

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Sun-Powered Solar Impulse Plane Completes First Night Flight

Sun-Powered Solar Impulse Plane Completes First Night Flight

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

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Solar-Powered Plane Embarks on First 24hr Flight As Darkness Falls

Solar-Powered Plane Embarks on First 24hr Flight As Darkness Falls

Can a solar-powered plane fly at night? We'll know for certain in just a few short hours. Early this morning the 40-horsepower Solar Impulse aircraft embarked upon its first 24-hour trip. Just before

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Solar Impulse Airplane Gears Up For First Night Flight!

Solar Impulse Airplane Gears Up For First Night Flight!

We've been following the progress of the Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane that will attempt to circle the globe, for over a year. The single-seat plane took its first successful flight this past

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Solar Impulse Plane Takes First Successful Flight!

Solar Impulse Plane Takes First Successful Flight!

After seven years in the making, the Solar Impulse made its first real flight this morning from an airbase in Switzerland. The solar-powered plane got up to 5,500 ft in altitude and performed test

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Solar-Powered Plane Takes Maiden Flight

Solar-Powered Plane Takes Maiden Flight

We were thrilled to learn last month that the Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane that will take a 20 to 25 day trip around the world, made its first successful test down the runway. And now we're even

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Solar-Powered Plane Makes Runway Debut

Solar-Powered Plane Makes Runway Debut

Biofuels are often touted as the next big thing in airplane fuel technology, but solar power shouldn't be discounted -- as was recently proven by the team behind the Solar Impulse. The solar-powered plane

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Solar Impulse Unveiled: Sun-Powered Airplane to Circle the Globe

Solar Impulse Unveiled: Sun-Powered Airplane to Circle the Globe

Flight pioneer Bertrand Piccard, an aeronaut who made the first nonstop round the world balloon flight, recently unveiled a prototype of an incredible solar-powered airplane that will one day circle the

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