The Solar Impulse, a solar powered plane, took flight this week. They plan to fly across the United States with several stops in key cities. Starting at San Francisco. Then on to Arizona, Dallas, St. Louis, Washington, DC, and New York City.
The project was launched in 2003. It’s first serious flight was in 2011, from Belgium to France. It’s also flown from Europe to Africa, another first!
The plan is lightweight–not much heavier than an automobile, but only goes about 40 miles per hour. It runs completely on solar power.
I was hoping to get a glimpse of the Solar Impulse when it left the San Francisco Bay Area, but the route didn’t take it anywhere near where I live. Darn! I think it’s exciting. I love the fact that there are still dreamers and inventors. We are seeing the birth of the era of solar flight. Will we some day replace our fuel guzzling planes with solar or other alternative fuels? Only time will tell. But, we’ve got to keep trying!
The Solar Impulse takes flight…
Here’s more about the Solar Impulse’s journey across the US: Solar Impulse Itinerary
Here are some incredible photos: The Solar Impulse Tour through Pictures