Solar Impulse 2 Sets New Solar Aviation & Longest Solo Flight World Records (Video)

Originally published on 1Sun4All. BREAKING NEWS from Solar Impulse 2 (Si2): The airplane of Swiss explorers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg attempting the first round-the-world solar flight has broken all distance and duration world records for solar aviation (80 hours and 5,663 km / 3,519 miles). At the controls, André Borschberg has also broken the record for the longest solo flight … [continued]

The Future of Flight

By all accounts, aviation is the most carbon-intensive form of transportation we use. But when you’ve got a million-pound aircraft, slipping the surly bonds of Earth isn’t an easy task . Engineers are constantly working to make aircraft more fuel efficient and more environmentally friendly, and several new technological innovations may finally make the future of flight a sustainable one.

Solar Plane — Solar Impulse — Completes 1st International Flight

We’ve covered the birth and growth of this completely solar-powered plane from Switzerland, the Solar Impulse, here on CleanTechnica. The most recent news is that the plane had made its first international flight. “After a flight lasting 12 hours 59 minutes, using no fuel and propelled by solar energy alone, Solar Impulse HB-SIA landed safely in Brussels” last Firday evening, the plane’s website announced.

Would You Set Sail in an Airship?

It sounds like science fiction, but Christopher Ottersbach’s concept airship may one day become a reality. The aerodynamic ship seats 2 to 4 people and could potentially travel for two weeks filled with helium. No infrastructure is necessary. Additional thrust and steering is provided by the crew’s pedal-powered propulsion.