Solar Impulse HB-SIA-Solar Plane (2)

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Continued from previous post…also of July 14, 2011, on Solar Impulse HB-SIA-Solar Plane (1)….

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In June of 2011 (from 20th to 26th), key representatives of aviation industry met for the 49th International Paris Air Show, one of the world’s largest and most important events within the industry.  At the International Paris Air Show major companies present their outstanding innovations and the future of flying.  The solar powered Solar Impulse was a special guest at the international exhibition. Among passenger aircraft and military jets, Solar Impulse serves as a symbol for a future belonging to renewable/solar energy.


The 72 feet, single-seat model HB-SIA with a 208 feet wingspan is just the beginning. To top HB-SIA, the HB-SIB is now planned for completion in 2013, with a pressurized cockpit (with supplemental oxygen and various environmental support to the pilot to allow a cruise altitude of 12,000 m (39,000 ft) and advanced avionics to allow for transcontinental and trans-oceanic flights, with wingspan of 80.0 m (262.5 ft), slightly wider than the 79.75 m (261.6 ft) wingspan of an Airbus A380 ( the largest passenger airliner in the world).  A round-the-world flight is in the forecast for 2013;the flight would circle the world in the northern hemisphere near the equator and five stops are planned to change pilots.  Once improved battery efficiency allows the reduced  weight, a two-seater is envisaged to make a non-stop circumnavigation.

Once again, allow me to point out the lesson from this tremendous project…the importance of spirit of cooperation among all earthlings…it is time to shed the barriers of nationalism in order to reach the survival of humankind/ earthling….

Posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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