Solar Airplane Crosses The U.S. | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 91 Issue 28 | p. 14 | Concentrates
Issue Date: July 15, 2013

Solar Airplane Crosses The U.S.

Department: Business
Keywords: Solar Impulse, solar, photovoltaic, battery, aerospace
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Solar Impulse landing at JFK Airport on July 6.
Credit: Solar Impulse
Photo of the solar powered airplane Solar Impulse HB-SIA landing at JFK airport on July 6.
 
Solar Impulse landing at JFK Airport on July 6.
Credit: Solar Impulse

An unusual aircraft landed in New York City on July 6. Solar Impulse, a solar-powered airplane, flew 3,511 miles day and night across the U.S., starting in San Francisco and making stops in Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Washington, D.C. A brainchild of Swiss adventurers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the craft was built with support from Solvay, Bayer MaterialScience, and other partners (C&EN, Jan. 14, page 23). Solar Impulse had previously made a series of flights in Europe. The team is now working on a second-generation plane that it plans to fly around the world in 2015.

 
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