Marcus Scherdel and Solar Impulse
The spirit of the early aviators lives on in projects like the
A more ambitious nighttime flight, drawing on batteries that have been charged during daylight hours, is expected sometime this summer.
As ambitious as the project is, Solar Impulse founder Bertrand Piccard see it as more than just about aeronautics. "If an aircraft is able to fly day and night without fuel, propelled solely by solar energy, let no one come and claim that is impossible to do the same thing for motor vehicles, heating and air conditioning systems, and computers," he said in June 2009 when the aircraft made its public debut.
July 4, 2010 6:00 AM PDT
Photo by: © Solar Impulse/Stephane Gros
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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