I don’t know how many of you are aware of this, but the beautiful solar airplane that flew day and night across the United States last year was a prototype. Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg were both training in Solar Impulse 1 — HB-SIA — for their big adventure, the first round-the-world flight powered by the sun.
In anticipation of the unveiling of the new Solar Impulse 2 airplane, we have a video released from the team at Solar Impulse that shows us some of the innovative design and technical work, that has gone into building HB-SIB. [Editor’s Note: CleanTechnica site director Zachary Shahan will actually attend the unveiling, courtesy of ABB, and have exclusive interviews with the Solar Impulse co-founders Piccard and Borschberg.]
The Round-The-World Solar Airplane:
In May, it will be ready to take to the skies and make its first test flights. Right now, part of the team is putting the final touches to the plane and concentrating on completing the ground vibration tests. Others, in turn, are focusing on preparations for the Official Unveiling, due to take place on 9 April … so that you can follow this historic event live online, from 3PM to 5:30PM Swiss Time, on www.solarimpulse.com.
Tune in to see the official presentation of the Round-The-World Solar Airplane, “Solar Impulse 2”. Add this event to your Google Calendar
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