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Windows 7: Solar-powered plane takes 24-hour flight

07 Jul 2010   #1
Kari

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Solar-powered plane takes 24-hour flight

Worlds first solar powered airplane is ATM on 24 hour test flight in Swizerland. Follow the animated 3D online view from the cockpit here: SOLAR IMPULSE - AROUND THE WORLD IN A SOLAR AIRPLANE

Flight instruments and route map here: SOLAR IMPULSE - AROUND THE WORLD IN A SOLAR AIRPLANE

Solar-powered plane takes 24-hour flight - CNN.com

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07 Jul 2010   #2
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Something like the Gossamer Albatross would probably be cheaper, but I doubt anyone could peddle it for 24 hours:

Gossamer Albatross - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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08 Jul 2010   #3
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Can this plane fly at night?
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08 Jul 2010   #4
Elwoodch

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
Can this plane fly at night?
in 24h it will have to...

that's the purpose of this flight: to prove it can load enough energy during the day and keep on flying in the night.
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08 Jul 2010   #5
z3r010

 

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08 Jul 2010   #6
Kari

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I think this is remarkable news. Not only can that plane fly, but the solar system is also able to charge batteries so that it can fly when there's no sun.

Did you notice pilot is the same man who made the first around the world hot air balloon flight?

BTW, that must be the most slowly flying plane with fixed wings. It had airspeed around 20 knots.
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08 Jul 2010   #7
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
BTW, that must be the most slowly flying plane with fixed wings. It had airspeed around 20 knots.
was that KIAS (Indicated Air Speed) or GS (Ground Speed)?
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08 Jul 2010   #8
Kari

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Air speed. I think it maxed some 25 knots. The ground speed was of course slower.
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08 Jul 2010   #9
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Interesting... it must have been a very light aircraft then.... and they are planning to take it around the world? (working on the title of the website) Thats going to take forever!
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08 Jul 2010   #10
Kari

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I was thinking the same last night when I occasionally checked the website. The ground speed seemed to stay between 15 and 19 kmh (approx. 9 to 12 mph). A trip around the world would take more than 1,000 hours, about 50 days!
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