Solar powered plane makes iconic flight

This week a solar powered aeroplane ‘Solar impulse’ made a flight over the iconic Golden gate bridge in San Francisco – capturing attention once again.

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It’s team are preparing for a flight across America.

The Solar impulse was designed as proof of principle for powered flight without fossil fuels and it’s designers are aiming for perpetual flight.

It has been created by Bertrand Piccard (who also co-piloted the first non-stop flight around the world in a balloon) and André Borschberg.

The team have already proved the ability of the solar impulse to fly day and night way back in 2010 when André flew from 6.51am on the 7th July and didn’t land until 9am on the 8th.

Written by TreeThinker

Passionate about the Earth and those who inhabit it. An engineer (BEng (Hons), MSEE) from Oxfordshire, UK, specialising in designing for a sustainable future. A member of the Society of Environmental Engineers and a keen environmental advocate who volunteers for several grass roots sustainability groups. I work full time as a project manager for a renewable energy company based in Oxford and also run ‘TreeThinker’ (www.treethinker.org); a business converting previous pasture land into a rich permaculture farm growing produce for sale locally as well as providing education on organic and permaculture techniques. I deliver workshops on sustainable living, including building renewable energy technologies, as well as workshops for schools discussing 'Energy as a resource' amongst other topics. I am qualified in ‘Information, advice and guidance’ (level 4) and experienced at teaching practical skills. I'm also a keen cyclist and have a love of wordplay - writing a blog on etymology (www.etymologyotd.com).

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