French pilot Raphael Dinelli will fly solo across the Atlantic using solar power and algal biofuel. Two Swiss pilots are circling the world on solar power alone.
More than two months after beginning a cross-country journey, a solar-powered airplane has completed its ambitious trek across the skies of the United States without using a single drop of fuel. Solar Impulse, a Swiss-made aircraft and pioneer in green aviation, landed late Saturday night at JFK International Airport in New York, concluding a whirlwind trip that started on May 3 in San Francisco.
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 Impulse HB-SIA – Click above to watch video after the jump
Circumnavigation enthusiasts and sun worshippers will finally have a reason to shake their tan and travel-weary hands with one another if the Solar Impulse is to be believed. The French-built HB-SIB solar-powered plane is attempting the world's first sun-powered earth loop some time in 2012 and test runs of the massive eco bird are currently underway. We covered the Solar Impulse in Episode 2.3 of Translogic.