Solar-Powered Plane Breaks World Record

Image via www.solarimpulse.com

Image via www.solarimpulse.com


Imagine flying by way of the sun and leaving a lighter carbon footprint on the earth. Cofounder and CEO Andre Borschberg did just that and broke the current distance record Wednesday by flying a solar-powered, Swiss-made Solar Impulse plane through Arizona, New Mexico, and West Texas—traveling a total of 958 miles. The previous record for a solar-powered flight was 693-miles on Impluse’s Switzerland to Spain flight. Sure it took approximately 18 hours, but this may be the start of astonishing technology. The roomy, lightweight plane rose to an altitude of 27,000 feet. Its technology is composed of carbon composites and a solar-cell system, which powers the plane’s motors. So as the plane is in flight it takes in the sun’s energy and the more the plane is in the air the more energy it absorbs. The next scheduled flight destinations are to St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and lastly to New York around July 4th. [NBC News]

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