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Solar Impulse

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What flies using power from the Sun, at the speed of an ultralight, on wings longer than a Boeing 777 airliner? Answer: Solar Impulse! A team of Swiss entrepreneurs, engineers, pilots, and enthusiasts began to design the Solar Impulse in 2003 with the goal to demonstrate flying day-and-night powered only by the electricity that more   …Continue Reading


Thirtieth Anniversary – First Public Demonstration Of Solar-Powered Gossamer Penguin

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On August 7, 1980,¬†30 years ago today, Janice Brown flew the solar-powered Gossamer Penguin in full view of a crowd gathered on the Edwards dry lakebed at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center in California. Janice flew the Penguin almost¬†3.5 km (two miles) that day in 14 minutes, 21 seconds. This was the first sustained   …Continue Reading