Published on May 21st, 2014 | by Amber Archangel0
Testing Solar Impulse 2 in Advance of Maiden Flight (VIDEO)
May 21st, 2014 by Amber Archangel
Originally published on 1Sun4All.
Imagine energy reserves increasing during flight! To make this dream a reality, we had to make maximum use of every single watt supplied by the sun, and store it in our batteries. We tracked down every possible source of energy efficiency. Today, Solar Impulse is the first solar airplane flying through night and day, the first aircraft to come close to perpetual flight. —André Borschberg
Challenge #1: Energy to Cross Oceans & Continents
The Solar Impulse team has released the latest video about its preparations for the solar airplane’s maiden flight. We expect that first flight to take place in the next couple of weeks, and we’ll have the news for you as soon as it’s released. In the meantime, we can learn about what the team is doing to put the aircraft through the requisite ground tests. From running-up the engines to testing the GPS reception, every system on the solar airplane is thoroughly verified. I’ve also included below some very cool data from the Solar Impulse website about building Si2; enjoy.
Testing Solar Impulse 2, #Insider
Tests are being performed by our team to prepare Solar Impulse 2 for it’s #FirstFlight in the coming weeks. Meet Ralph, our Co-Lead Flight Tests who explains what will happen next.
Data: Building a Solar Airplane
- 12 years of feasibility study, concept, design and construction
- 50 engineers and technicians
- 80 technological partners
- more than 100 advisers and suppliers
- 1 prototype (Solar Impulse 1, registered as HB-SIA)
- 1 final airplane (Solar Impulse 2, registered as HB-SIB)
Get more information about the project: solarimpulse.com
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