Solar-Powered Plane

published 7 years ago by ENGINEERING.com

Solar-Powered Plane

. Annnnd hello and welcome to. Do you buy into nearing. Solar powered plane. Swiss federal institute of technology has created the solar impulse. A single person airplane powered only by solar energy that has already flown from Europe to Africa. This year the plane will fly across the United States from San Francisco through Washington DC and finally to New York. The plane flies at an altitude of 29000 feet where the engine is most efficient at a speed of only about 40 to 50 miles per hour. Equipped with batteries for night flying the plane could reportedly make the entire journey nonstop but the single pilot cannot and there is no autopilot so there will be 2 or 3 stops on the way the ultimate goal of the project is to fly around the world in 2015. Power generating ski slope ...

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