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Flying around the world with no fuel

For all those who are interested in Solar Power, this might be a great development to follow along.

You might have heard about Solar Impulse , an aircraft powered with solar cell energy that is attempting to become the first solar powered airplane to fly around the world. The aircraft is able to fly day and night powered only by solar energy, NO standard fuel required.

The current prototype called Solar Impulse 2 is scheduled to start a 12-leg flight around the World in March 2015, starting in Abu Dabhi. It is expected that the whole tour will take about five months. A pretty exciting adventure, don't you think?

The Solar Impulse is a Swiss private funded project led by Bertrand Piccard and André Borscheberg, that had it first flight in 2009, although the project started around 2003/2004.

If you want to know more about this, they have setup a website with detailed information about the project:

If they are successful on their attempt, it will surely be a boost for Solar Energy and all other clean energy uses and projects.

If you were giving the opportunity to be a crew member of the Solar Impulse 2, would you embark in such an adventure?

I know alicanary wouldn't mind flying on this solar power aircraft.

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antoniowestley wrote on March 5, 2015, 5:18 PM

That seems like awesome innovation man I mean who would have thought that solar energy could power anything that big now a days

maxeen wrote on March 5, 2015, 5:18 PM

No ! I am a coward but I am very impressed with the ones who would,also impressed with the idea.

bestwriter wrote on March 5, 2015, 6:25 PM

Flying a plane on solar energy is a great feat. Here solar power is used in many homes and offices.

Glenn wrote on March 5, 2015, 6:31 PM

nbaquero - I'm glad to hear about things like this. It's overdue that we move towards alternate forms of energy that don't distort the environment. For airplanes, this make perfect sense because solar power is easier to use. There no issue with trees being in the way as homeowners who have solar panels have to deal with.

allen0187 wrote on March 5, 2015, 7:24 PM

I'd definitely sign up for it. I'm a big supporter of alternative energy although trying to get fixed up here in Manila to either solar or wind energy is a daunting and very expensive task.

seren3 wrote on March 5, 2015, 10:30 PM

Personally I wouldn't.But I sure would love to hear more about this as it progresses!

crowntower wrote on March 6, 2015, 3:11 AM

Wow that is so cool, I hope nothing will go wrong, that affects radiation, or a sudden drained of power. God bless and thank you for sharing this one to us. I hope everything is fine with you.

nbaquero wrote on March 6, 2015, 7:06 AM

antoniowestley it has been around a few years already, but yes it's sort of a new development.

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nbaquero wrote on March 6, 2015, 7:07 AM

maxeen so you would not go to Mars either? emoticon :winking:

nbaquero wrote on March 6, 2015, 7:07 AM

bestwriter I hope this kind of alternative energy sources/technologies are affordable to the general public in the short term.

nbaquero wrote on March 6, 2015, 7:08 AM

allen0187 It would be a very exciting adventure I am sure. I know pricing is still very high for regular people.

nbaquero wrote on March 6, 2015, 7:09 AM

seren3 I think one of those legs goes to California, I am going to check if that is the case.

nbaquero wrote on March 6, 2015, 7:12 AM

crowntower thanks. Yes I also hope they are succesful, it's a worthy project.
I am fine, I have been away from Persona Paper for a few days working on a couple of offline opportunities.

maxeen wrote on March 6, 2015, 7:17 AM

Why go to Mars? They are here, aren't they ?

nbaquero wrote on March 6, 2015, 7:29 AM

Yes Maxeen they are here on Earth. I was just referring to the other project that is looking for volunteers to go to Mars.

nbaquero wrote on March 6, 2015, 7:31 AM

Glenn It is good news, I agree. Hopefully solar energy will be affordable in the not so distant future, along with other forms of renewable energy that don't affect the environment as you pointed out.

maxeen wrote on March 6, 2015, 7:32 AM

The Martians are here.......

nbaquero wrote on March 6, 2015, 7:58 AM

Ha Ha Maxeen you got me... it seems nobody has told the guys at the MarsOne project either emoticon :winking:

j2jworkz wrote on March 6, 2015, 11:41 PM

It would be interesting to take a ride in the plane, around the world is probably too long for me, but one leg would be good!

nbaquero wrote on March 7, 2015, 8:45 AM

j2jworkz Not a bad idea. You can problably check their schedule and see when the come to the US emoticon :winking:

trufflehunter wrote on March 7, 2015, 11:34 AM

I would be more of a hindrance than a help to the crew. However, this is very good news.

nbaquero wrote on March 9, 2015, 6:06 PM

Ha Ha trufflehunter that is funny, they probably would give you a 2-minute crash course before taking off. emoticon :winking:

AliCanary wrote on March 9, 2015, 7:48 PM

I am a huge proponent of solar power, and I think that and recycling (on a major scale) can honestly save the planet. I hope this venture goes well for them!

Dawnwriter wrote on March 12, 2015, 3:55 AM

I would be rather afraid to know that there is no fuel in the plane I am flying in emoticon :scared: but it is a great engineering feat. I wish solar power would become more affordable and common in homes and offices though.

scheng1 wrote on March 12, 2015, 8:19 AM

I wonder how long it takes to recharge the solar plane.

FreyaYuki wrote on March 12, 2015, 1:30 PM

This is interesting and pretty cool. I hope the project is successful with no problems. This is a good innovation.

nbaquero wrote on March 12, 2015, 3:18 PM

AliCanary that is why I mentioned your name there. I know this will be a boost to the use of alternative energy tehcnologies (if it is succesful, of course).

nbaquero wrote on March 12, 2015, 3:19 PM

Dawnwriter You can always watch the footage at the website, not the same experience but close enough and comfortable!

nbaquero wrote on March 12, 2015, 3:44 PM

scheng1 Good question, they say on their website the can recharge during the day so the can fly at night, so my guess is at least 12 Hrs.

nbaquero wrote on March 12, 2015, 3:45 PM

FreyaYuki it is a good technological challenge, best of all anyone can follow live through internet and social media, that is cool, don't you think?