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Old 03-09-2015, 01:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Solar Impulse airplane has begun its round-the-world flight



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After years of planning, the solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 has successfully started its round the world trip. If everything goes to plan, it will become the first aircraft to fly around the globe without a single drop of fuel.
Via Jalopnik: Solar Impulse Has Successfully Started Its Round-the-World Trip

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Old 03-09-2015, 01:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That is quite the impressive feat!
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It took me a bit to realize this is not an unmanned flight. It has to make something like 12 stops along the way.
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get it into the jet stream and go 230 ground speed, 4.5 days and you're done.

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Haha, it is only built to go about 88 mph. Its also making multiple stops for PR reasons. The trip is expected to take 5 months!
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get it into the jet stream and go 230 ground speed, 4.5 days and you're done.

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With that ultra low wing loading and light weight, it would want to stay well away from the jet streams and their associated clear air turbulence.
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Solar Impulse 2 Takes Off From Hawaii, Resuming Flight After 9-Month Delay : The Two-Way : NPR

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