Published on March 18th, 2014 | by Amber Archangel0
Save The Date: April 9, Solar Impulse 2 To Be Unveiled (VIDEO)
March 18th, 2014 by Amber Archangel
The Solar Impulse team reports that Solar Impulse 2 will be unveiled on April 9th 2014, from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm Swiss time in Payerne, Switzerland. We can follow the official presentation of the Round-The-World Solar Airplane, live on solarimpulse.com.
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The chances of succeeding at the first attempt to build a solar airplane capable of flying around the world were judged to be slim, so a more rudimentary prototype, HB-SIA, was first constructed, reports Solar Impulse.
Solar Impulse flying over San Francisco Bay |© Solar Impulse | REZO | 2013 Across America flying at Night
Lessons learned from this prototype are incorporated in the second airplane, to be registered as HB-SIB, construction of which was started in 2011. Its more spacious cockpit will enable the pilot to fully recline during flights lasting from 4 to 6 days; it will have an increased payload; its electrical circuitry will be isolated to enable flights in rain; and system redundancy will improve reliability.
Flying Day & Night Powered Only By The Sun in Solar Impulse 2
In 2015, Solar Impulse 2 will attempt the First Round-The-World Solar Flight.
The First #Challenge will be to fly day and night without fuel, for up to 7 days in a row.
1. Send your questions to the pilots on the web site or tweet @solarimpulse, using one of the hashtags below.
2. Select the best questions by clicking the “^” sign. The Pilots will answer live on April 9th during the unveiling of Solar Impulse 2.
#SOLAR ENERGY #ZERO-FUEL #AUTONOMY #BATTERIES #AERODYNAMISM #LONG HAUL FLIGHTS #ENGINEERING #ENERGY CAPTURE #ACROSS OCEANS #ENERGY STORAGE #DESIGN #FLY NON-STOP #INNOVATION #ENERGY LOSS #SOLAR CELLS #ENERGY EFFICIENCY #LIGHTWEIGHT STRUCTURE #PERPETUAL FLIGHT #BUILDING A SOLAR AIRPLANE #MOTORS
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