Solar-Powered Plane Set To Fly Across US – 2 May 2013

Uploaded on 2 May 2013 by AlJazeeraEnglish (Lucas:  Even this project will become in months obsolete as we go into new technology!) Two scientists will attempt to fly across the United States using a solar-powered plane.
The Solar Impulse is the brainchild of a pair of Swiss aviators and engineers, Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg.
It consists of a giant wingspan the size of a Boeing 747, covered with 12,000 ultra thin solar cells, a battery for power storage and a tiny cockpit with room for one pilot.
Solar Impulse is about the size of a compact car and has a maximum speed of only 56 kilometres per hour. But it is part of a bid to inspire people to use green energy.
Al Jazeera’s Rob Reynolds reports from Mountain View, California.

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