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Solar Impulse Attempts Fuel-Free Flight Across America [VIDEO]

The sun-powered Solar Impulse set out on a cross-country flight from Moffett Airfield in Mountain View, Calif at 6:12 a.m. (PST) this morning. The 2013 Across America mission, which seeks to promote clean technologies, will make stops in 4 U.S. cities: Phoenix, Ariz.; Dallas, Texas; St. Louis, Mo.; D.C.; and New York, N.Y.

Solar-powered airplane flies all day and night, sets records [w/video]

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Odysseus: a Z-shaped solar aircraft, built for DARPA

DARPA, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has set a seemingly impossible task, known as the Vulture program, by calling for an aircraft which can remain in the sky for five years while generating five kilowatts of power for a 1,000 pound payload. The Odysseus by Aurora Flight Sciences, which h

Reviewing the past and investigating the future of solar flight

I just ran across this very in-depth article that introduces us to a new team, the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, who hopes to rewrite the record books when it comes to solar aviation. They are doing so with a rather small airplane (compared to previous solar fliers) known as SunSailor.