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Across America 2013: Solar Impulse Prepares For Flight From Phoenix To Dallas
2013-05-21 13:21:54

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Solar Impulse team of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg is preparing for the second leg of the Across America 2013 tour, which will see the zero-fuel HB-SIA airplane fly from Phoenix, Arizona to Dallas, Texas. Piccard took the helm for the first leg of the journey on May 3, taking off from Moffett Field in Mountain View, California in the solar-powered aircraft. He left the runway shortly after 6:12 a.m. PDT and soared...

Tiger Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Sets Another Endurance Record
2013-05-10 16:48:01

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online U.S. Naval Research Laboratory researchers have broken their own endurance record with their fuel cell powered Ion Tiger Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). The team was able to fly their UAV for 48 hours and one minute on April 16 through 18 using liquid hydrogen fuel in a new cryogenic fuel storage tank and delivery system. This flight broke their previous flight record of 26 hours and two minutes, which was set in 2009 using the...

Solar Impulse Team Takes To The Skies Over San Francisco For Test Flight
2013-04-25 11:51:08

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Beginning in May, the Solar Impulse team of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg plan to take their solar-powered aircraft on a high-soaring journey across America. In preparations of that historic-to-be flight, Piccard took to the helm for a day-long tour over San Francisco Bay, giving spectators a look at the HB-SIA aircraft in action. The flight began just after sunrise Tuesday morning as Piccard shot off the runway at Moffett...

Solar Impulse Team Ready For Across America Zero-Fuel Flight
2013-03-30 07:05:26

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Eight months after the Solar Impulse team of Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg completed an international flight from Toulouse, France to Ouarzazate, Morocco and back again, the duo are now planning an Across America US tour. Piccard and Borschberg´s HB-SIA zero-fuel airplane has proven that an aircraft can fly both day and night solely on the power of the Sun. In the US, they plan to fly from coast-to-coast, making...

Solar Impulse 2015: Around The World In A Solar-Powered Airplane
2012-12-04 10:35:35

[Watch Video: Learning To Fly A Solar Plane] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With a recent record-setting intercontinental flight using only the power of the sun still fresh in their minds, Bertrand Piccard and his partner Andre Borschberg are now setting their sights on the future. The duo that took wing on the Solar Impulse aircraft from Switzerland to Morocco and back again, are now planning for a world tour, becoming the only people to fly around the world...

2010-12-25 03:15:00

Officials from the international governing body for air sports records have confirmed that a solar-powered aircraft set a new standard for longest time spent in flight back in July. The UK-built Zephyr unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) set a total of three records during its flight earlier this year, which officially clocked in at 336 hours, 22 minutes and eight seconds, according to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI). The Zephyr also set a new flight duration record for unmanned...

2010-07-24 06:40:00

The UK-built Zephyr unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) took its place in history by becoming the first aircraft to stay afloat for 336 hours and 24 minutes. The solar-powered craft completed two weeks of non-stop flight above a U.S. Army range in Arizona before being ordered to land. The Qinetiq company that developed the Zephyr said the UAV had nothing to prove by staying in the air any longer. It broke all endurance records for an unpiloted vehicle before it landed on Friday. "We are just...

2010-07-17 06:30:00

The Zephyr solar-powered plane recently broke the endurance record for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The aircraft took off from the U.S. Army's Yuma Providing Ground in Arizona last Friday and is still in the air. Its non-stop operation has gone five times longer than the official mark recognized by the world air sports federation. The defense and research company Qinetiq has developed the UK-built Zephyr. Jon Saltmarsh, its project manager, told BBC news that Zephyr would be...

2010-07-14 10:58:35

The manufacturers of an unmanned solar-powered aircraft are preparing the plane to fly non-stop for two full weeks, according to a BBC News report on Wednesday. The Zephyr solar plane, which was conceived and constructed by a British defense firm known as QinetiQ, will be launching from the US Army's Yuma Proving Ground base, located in Arizona. The Zephyr has already flown unofficially for more than 82 continuous hours. However, as previous flights were not witnessed by officials at the...

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Solar Impulse
2014-04-11 10:27:07

The Solar Impulse is a Swiss made long-range solar-powered aircraft project. It was developed at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The project’s goal is to circle the Earth with a piloted fixed-wing aircraft, powered only by solar energy. Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss aeronaut leads the project who was a co-pilot with Andre Borsch berg a Swiss businessman, in the first balloon to circle the Earth non-stop. The Swiss aircraft is a single-seat monoplane which can stay airborne...

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