Solar Powered Airplane Plans US Flight | Energy Manager Today

Swiss project Solar Impulse is planning to fly a solar powered aircraft across the United States in May.

The HB-SIA weighs about the same as a car but boasts a wingspan equal to to that of an Airbus A340. On May 1, the airplane is scheduled to fly from NASA’s Moffett Field in Silicon Valley, Calif., to New York City. It plans to make stops in Phoenix, Dallas and Washington, D.C., en route, reports Forbes.

The airplane features a carbon fiber structure and a propulsion chain and flight instrumentation designed specifically to save energy and to resist the hostile conditions facing the aircraft and its pilot at high altitudes.

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