Can a plane fly around the world using only solar energy? Google are banking on it, they’ve announced a new partnership Swiss long range aircraft project Solar Impulse.
Swiss pioneers Bertand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are the founders, pilots and the driving force behind Solar Impulse, the first airplane that can fly day and night without fuel.
This revolutionary carbon fiber airplane has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 but only weighs about as much as a small car. The 12,000 solar cells built into the wings provide four 10 horsepower electric motors with renewable energy.
After several European flights, Solar Impulse successfully crossed the United States in May 2013 -- flying from Moffett Field in Mountain View California to New York City’s JFK airport over a two month period.
The partnership brings Solar Impulse closer to its ultimate goal of flying around the world using only solar energy in 2015. For more information visit http://www.solarimpulse.com/