The Solar Impulse airplane has landed at New York’s JFK airport, having completed its remarkable trip over the US. This is the first time a solar-powered plane able to flying in both day and night has tried to fly across the United States.
The landing completes the final leg of that Solar Impulse’s across United states transcontinental bid, which began in May.
Earlier in its trip, the Solar Impulse airplane broke the flying record for solar-powered travel by staying within the air for the full 18 hrs.
In 2012, the Solar Impulse airplane became the very first solar-powered craft to complete an inter-continental journey.
The record-breaking airplane was designed and created by project co-founders (and Impulse co-pilots) Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg. The friends hope to praise the virtues of renewable power with their invention.
Piccard and Borshberg are behind the ‘Clean Generation’ initiative, that’s an attempt to encourage businesses and governments to develop and adopt sustainable energy resources.
The solar impulse HB-SIA has the identical wingspan as the A340 Airbus, but weighs only 1.6 tonnes (by contrast an A340 weighs, on standard, around 370 tonnes). The Impulse’s wing and stabiliser are enclosed with roughly 12,000 solar cells, these drive four propellers and totally charge the lithium-ion for night flying. The craft has a top speed of 70 kph (45mph) and a maximum cruising height of 8,500m (28,000ft).
Piccard and Borshberg state that their next step is to try a trip round the planet, which they plan will start in 2015. Yet, so as to attain this, the twosome will have to develop an even bigger airplane, the HB SIB.
United states Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, was present to welcome the craft, saying,
“When you take a look at the Department of Energy’s research programmes and tech visions, it involves many of this same kind of tech advances that these gentlemen have developed in an integrated technique to achieve something that wouldn’t of been considered a few years ago (…) I believe in 10 years we’re going to have the fruits of all these systems altering the world.”
Although a rip within the wing, which triggered the pair to scrap their planned Statue of Liberty fly by, the Solar Impulse plane succeeded in its goals. The plane has smashed records, encouraged improved thought into renewable energy and showed to become a flourishing invention. Solar powered passenger jets may yet become a great distance off, but the Solar Impulse airplane proves that the tech is getting there.