Solar Impulse plane lands, completing world's first intercontinental flight powered by the sun (photos)

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28 Responses to “Solar Impulse plane lands, completing world's first intercontinental flight powered by the sun (photos)”

  1. James Salsman says:

    There have been many more heavy-duty and multi-passenger electric aircraft in the past couple years; up from essentially zero prior to that. They are chronicled on  http://blog.cafefoundation.org/

  2. But, but… it’s night!

  3. Yayan Surohman says:

    Wow it’s great flight..

  4. themac says:

    I think this is way cool but what exactly was the flight path from Madrid to Morocco? Isn’t 19 hours a really long time for that distance?

    • mjfgates says:

       It’s an 838 mile drive, according to Google. So, just about forty-five miles per hour, which is pretty darned slow.

    • Ashen Victor says:

       “Why the flight path from Madrid to Morocco?”
      -Because in summer there are nearly zero clouds over Spain and Morocco.

      “Isn’t 19 hours a really long time for that distance?”
      - Yes, it´s a freaking long time.

      • IamInnocent says:

         There is a misunderstanding here: the real achievement is to not drop like an anvil at those speeds.

  5. Isn’t everything, ultimately, powered by the sun?

  6. “man gives thumbs up while soaked in his own urine” :)  

  7. niktemadur says:

    …project president and pilot, Bertrand Piccard…

    The man gets around, doesn’t he?

  8. Matt Palenske says:

    Finally, one less thing I’ll potentially have to feel guilty about for flying out to see the fam!

  9. Dirk Jennings says:

    Pollution free?   Er, no.   

  10. schrutzki says:

    Hmm. “Intercontinental Flight” stuns me. Invokes Lindbergh, Earheart et. al.
    Still, said continents are a mere 14kms apart…

    Reminds me of a visit to Istanbul, where I once  jumped (backwards!) from Asia
    to Europe :-)

  11. Bicycle Bill says:

    Meh — look up and read Arthur C. Clarke’s short story “Sunjammer” (alternate title: “The Wind from the Sun”) if you want to talk about real solar-powered travel. 

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