Solar-powered airplane to fly across America

Solar Impulse is at it again. If you’re not familiar, it’s the solar-powered plane that we’ve kept an eye on for a very long time around here. Last time we checked in with it, it had successfully completed an international flight from Switzerland to Belgium.

Now, it’s taking on the good old U. S. of A. in a five-stage transcontinental tour across America. Since the plane moves at approximately 43 miles per hour, it would take about three days to fly straight across the country, a feat Solar Impulse co-founder Andre Borschberg claims the plan can handle. The reason its flight is split into stages is security, so the plane will fly in increments that last no more than 24 hours.

At each stop, the plane will hang out for up to 10 days to educate the public on the fact that one day, we could all be flying on nothing more than the sun’s rays. And if this journey goes well, 2015 will see  Solar Impulse attempt to fly around the world.

Solar Impulse, via The Local

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