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15 June

Solar Impulse-Google Science Fair Hangout

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Updates on our Solar-FIT For Sunshine State petition: 163 signatures strong. We need more! Please help us to spread more sunshine by signing this petition and sharing it with others. It is our shared responsibility to move toward the renewable energy age and Sunshine is the cleanest, healthiest, and least war-prone way to go!
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As I’ve promised a day ago, we have the Solar Impulse Hangout In Air via Google Science Fair, during the 4th leg of  Solar Impulse’s Across America mission of 2013, on the way to DC (with pit stop at Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Airport). While the pilot Andre Borschberg is 7000 feet above ground, Bertrand Piccard is on the ground spreading the message of need to promote the pioneering spirit  and exploration.  Bertrand also reminds us the importance of using clean technology during this juncture of human history. Without further delay, here is the video of that Hangout:

I’d also like to share these links below. Be sure to check them out :

live broadcasting of Solar Impulse

some fantastic photos of Solar Impulse

the message carried by Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse Team

Join The Challenge (by becoming a Friend, Adventurer, Innovator, Explorer, Pioneer) along side of The Solar Impulse Team

Across America

Multimedia

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It is mostly due to the energy and optimism of pioneers such as Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg that we have been able to  see the solar industry reaching its maturity during this past decade. We are thankful that there are people such as Bertrand, Andre, and the Solar Impulse Team to have brought forth a futuristic dream into  reality. Here in USA, let’s join the challenge in taking part in completing their next project of flying in a solar plane around the world in HB-SIB. Join the challenge by becoming a Friend, Adventurer, Innovator, Explorer, or Pioneer of Solar Impulse!

~have a bright and sunny day~

gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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4 June

Solar Impulse Has Successfully Arrived At Historic St. Louis!

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Solar Plane Solar Impulse HB-SIA

Solar Plane Swiss Solar Impulse HB-SIA

has arrived in St. Louis safely. I’d like to share with you, below, the video of the take off from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport for the flight to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.


Below are some of the flight information, also available at www.solarimpulse.com:

Flight: Dallas KDFW – St. Louis KSTL

Pilot: Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman

Take off time: June 3nd 04:06AM CDT (UTC-5)

Landing time: June 4th 01:28AM CDT (UTC-5)

Flight duration: 21h21min

Average ground speed: 49 km/h (26.3 kt)

Highest altitude reached: 7 315 m(24 000 ft)

Flight Distance: 1040 km (~562 NM)

St. Louis was chosen as the destination for the third leg of this Across America mission for historic and symbolic reasons. St. Louis is best known for the “Spirit of St. Louis

Spirit of St. Louis (by Ad Meskens)

who, piloted by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 completed the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris. This flight was made possible by St. Louis businessmen including the namesake of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Albert Bond Lambert.

 

Two open house days will be organized so hurry up and sign up here for Thursday June 6th between 9 AM and 12 PM or Friday June 7th between 9 AM and 1 PM.

Places are limited and handed out on a first comes, first serves basis.

There is much work involved behind the scene of The Solar Impulse Team. Please also visit these sites below:

  1. A TEAM
  2. AN AIRPLANE
  3. A MESSAGE
  4. JOIN THE CHALLENGE (find out how you can become a Solar Impulse Friend/Adventurer/Innovator/Explorer/Pioneer)

Stay tuned in for more in our future posts.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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2 June

Severe Midwest Weather Brought Out Revolutionary Inflatable Hanger For Solar Impulse

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A detailed press release just arrived today regarding Solar Impulse’s Across America Mission:

SEVERE WEATHER IN MIDWEST CHALLENGES SOLAR IMPULSE’S THIRD LEG ACROSS AMERICA

Solar Impulse to use for first time a revolutionary inflatable hangar after damage to St. Louis Hangar. Take a look at this Inflatable Hanger.


DALLAS (TX), June 2, 2013 – The strong storms that struck the St. Louis area Friday night have rendered inoperable Solar Impulse’s hangar at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The solar-powered airplane of Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg remains scheduled to fly from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Monday, June 3, to St. Louis. To protect the aircraft upon landing after midnight CDT (UTC-5) on Tuesday, June 4, Solar Impulse will deploy a revolutionary inflatable structure for the first time.

 

Multiple tornadoes touched down in the St. Louis region Friday night and caused damage to several Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s buildings including the hangar reserved for Solar Impulse. Postponing the flight is not an option, as the particularly difficult weather conditions in the region leave only very few flight possibilities between Dallas-Fort Worth and St. Louis, and it might be the only one this week. If Solar Impulse doesn’t seize this opportunity, the chances of reaching final destination of the Across America Mission as scheduled could be compromised.

Pilot Bertrand Piccard will therefore take-off Monday morning for a 21 hours flight, — his longest flight in the single-seat cockpit to date. But because of the damage caused to the official hangar in St. Louis, Solar Impulse will attempt to use its own inflatable hangar to park the aircraft. Conceived and designed by the Solar Impulse team for the world tour of 2015, this revolutionary structure will be used for the very first time in real conditions. The team will only have a few hours to deploy this innovative structure before the airplane arrives.

Starting Saturday, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has mobilized its forces to help Solar Impulse reorganize and confront this extraordinary situation. The Logistics and Mission teams are working hand-in-hand around the clock to face the challenge of bringing the airplane safely to St. Louis and ensuring its protection upon arrival. The stopover in St. Louis during the crossing of the United States is very important and symbolic for Solar Impulse. St. Louis was chosen as the Midwest stopover to pay homage to the city’s aviation legacy, which includes aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh and his “Spirit of St. Louis,” the first airplane to fly from New York to Paris non-stop.

After St. Louis, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will continue to alternately pilot the solar airplane to reach Washington, D.C. and New York.

SOLAR IMPULSE DALLAS/FORT WORTH – LAMBERT-ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ROUTE
(please note timings might be subject to change):

04:00 a.m. CDT (11:00 a.m. Swiss Time): Estimated take-off from Dallas/Fort Worth (TX)
06:00 a.m. CDT (01:00 p.m. Swiss Time): Crossing the border into Oklahoma – Heading north towards Tulsa (OK): Cruising altitude 5’000 ft
07:00 a.m. CDT (02:00 p.m. Swiss Time): Passing nearby Ardmore (OK)
09:00 a.m. CDT (04:00 p.m. Swiss Time): Flying about 60 miles east of Oklahoma City: cruising altitude 6’000 ft
11:00 a.m. CDT (06:00 p.m. Swiss Time): Passing the Tulsa region – heading north towards Kansas: Cruising altitude 8’000 ft
01:00 p.m. CDT (08:00 p.m. Swiss Time): Flying nearby Independence (KS) – Turning East towards Missouri: Cruising altitude 10’000 ft
05:00 p.m. CDT (12:00 a.m. Swiss Time): Flying between the Lake of Ozarks State Park and the Fort Leonard Wood, direction St. Louis (MO): Cruising altitude 27’000 ft
01:00 a.m. CDT (08:00 a.m. Swiss Time): Estimated landing at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (MO)

The Solar Impulse Across America mission is made in partnership with SolvaySchindlerBayer Material ScienceSwiss Re Corporate SolutionsSunpower and the Swiss Confederation.

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR MEDIA
Although the flight has been confirmed, the flight director may still decide to postpone it or alter the route shortly before take-off. Keep up to date with the latest news at www.solarimpulse.com.

TRACK THE ACROSS AMERICA 2013 MISSION ON THE INTERNET VIA COMPUTER AND MOBILE DEVICE
During the Across America mission, each flight will be streamed live on www.solarimpulse.com as well as on Twitter andFacebook. The airplane’s position, altitude and speed will be shown in real time, while cockpit and mission control cameras allow viewers to experience the journey.

HI-DEF PICTURES, PRESS RELEASES, BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS AND VIDEO FOOTAGE CAN BE DOWNLOADED AT:
http://press.solarimpulse.com
User: solar-impulse
Password: zerofuelairplane-2012

THE “ACROSS AMERICA” MISSION AT A GLANCE:

  • Early May 2013: First leg San Francisco/Moffett Airfield – Phoenix/Sky Harbor
  • Mid May 2013: Second leg Phoenix/Sky Harbor – Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Early June 2013: Third leg Dallas/Fort Worth – St. Louis/Lambert Airport
  • Early to Mid-June 2013: Fourth leg St. Louis/Lambert Airport – Washington DC/Dulles
  • Early July 2013: Fifth and last leg Washington DC/Dulles – New York/JFK

PRESS CONTACTS:
Solar Impulse
Email: press@solarimpulse.com
Alexandra Gindroz | +41 58 219 24 40 | +1 408 609 0034
Alenka Zibetto | +41 58 219 25 37 | +41 79 415 82 84

ABOUT SOLAR IMPULSE
Swiss pioneers Dr Bertrand Piccard (Chairman) and André Borschberg (CEO) are the founders, pilots and the driving force behind Solar Impulse, the first airplane that can fly day and night without fuel. Solar Impulse is a unique adventure that aims to bring emotions back at the heart of scientific exploration, a flying laboratory to find innovative technological solutions for today’s challenges and a vision to inspire each of us to be pioneers in our everyday lives.

This revolutionary carbon fibre airplane has the wingspan of a Boeing 747 (63.4m / 208 ft) and the weight of a small car (1,600kg / 3,527 lb). It is the result of seven years of intense work, calculations, simulations and tests by a team of about 80 people and 100 partners and advisors. A plane so big and light has never been built before. The 12,000 solar cells built into the wing provide four 10HP electric motors with renewable energy. By day the solar cells recharge the 400kg / 881 lb lithium batteries which allow the plane to fly at night.
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Let’s hope for much better weather condition in the coming week.

Posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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31 May

Let’s Show Our Support For Solar Plane-Solar Impulse

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Dear Friends, Visitors/Viewers/Readers,

I’d like to share a correspondence from Solar Impulse with you all. Let’s show Bertrand and Andre that we are fully behind them and wish them success in flying Across America and in preparing to complete the construction of HB-SIB for 2015 Around The World Flight!


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Dear Susan Sun,

We’re proud to announce that Solar Impulse has arrived in Dallas, Texas carrying the names of over 35,000 Clean Generation movement members! We’re especially excited by the number of young people we’re engaging – we know they are the key to the long-term success of our Clean Generation movement.
As we travel across the United States, we make sure to meet with students of all ages. Traveling to campuses and schools to make presentations and interact with students is a big part of how we spend our time on the ground. So far on our USA mission, we’ve already met with students from many schools, including Sunnyvale Fairwood Elementary School, San Mateo Union High School, and Stanford University.
Our sponsors help defray the costs of building and operating the plane itself, but our educational programs depend entirely on funding from people like you.
Today, we’re asking you to help support our educational efforts – and with a donation of $50 or more, we’ll also send you our exclusive 2013 Across America flight patch. This is the very same patch we wear on our flight jackets, and this is your chance to get one:
When we open the plane for public viewing at each of our stops, the questions students ask are a real highlight – often, they are better than we hear from adults.  And when a student sees the plane for the first time, the look on his or her face is priceless.
For young people, our plane is living proof that a clean technology future is more than just a dream – and our mission isn’t accomplished unless we can bring this inspiration to thousands of students around the world.
We keep our costs low — a donation of $50 will pay for 2 students to learn about our plane and clean technology.  Every little bit helps — just think of the satisfaction you’ll get knowing you helped support our educational programs.
We’re so happy to have your support. Next stop: St. Louis! As always, we’ll keep in touch about the exact flight schedule and opportunities for public viewing.
Sincerely,
Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg


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20 May

Revisiting Solar Impulse HB-SIA & HB-SIB

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Updates on our Solar-FIT For Sunshine State petition: 163 signatures strong. We need more! Please help us to spread more sunshine by signing this petition and sharing it with others. It is our shared responsibility to move toward the renewable energy age and Sunshine is the cleanest, healthiest, and least war-prone way to go! Thank you.
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got a message from Solar Impulse — the solar airplane that is flying across the United States right now. The plane is carrying a message encouraging governments, CEOs, and other decision-makers to support and deploy clean technologies.  Because I signed up, my name is going to be carried in the cockpit of the plane.  You should add your name too — the more names the plane carries, the stronger the clean technology message will be on the ground. So far, over 16,000 Friends are virtual passengers in the cockpit.  You can add your name by clicking here — it only takes 30 seconds. Thanks! sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker __________________________________________________________________________________________
Due to the ongoing Across America mission of Solar Impulse, I’d like to share one of our earlier posts from 2011 on:  Solar Plane, the Swiss Solar Impulse HB-SIA, below, undertaken at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.  This project was initiated in 2003 and then promoted by Bertrand Piccard (who co-piloted the first balloon to circle the world non-stop);it has grown to a multi-disciplinary team of 50 specialists from six countries and assisted by about 100 outside advisers.

What a terrific way to prove that we, the earthlings, are capable of freeing ourselves from the dependence on oil !  Through the clean tech of  solar energy, SOLARIMPULSE has brought us not only the physical possibility of  the first manned flight over night  (lasted about 26 hours) by solar powered plane in July 2010, but also the message to educators throughout planet earth the importance of  motivating children and students the pioneering spirit and developing new ways of thinking about future, energy, environment , and online education.

Solar Plane-Swiss Solar Impulse HB-SIA, a long-range solar powered plane

Please be sure to view these three FANTASTIC clips below (I could not help but share the feeling of exuberance and hope for mankind in viewing these clips….I was almost in tears….) :

    1. Solar Impulse-Best of 2010, below:

 

  1. Solar Impulse-Best of Night Flight at (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zir0f9b1zA )
  2. SOLARIMPULSE.TV at (http://solarimpulse.tv/sitv/index.php?lang=en )

The prototype HB-SIA has a non-pressurized cockpit, a similar wingspan to the Airbus A340, lithium polymer batteries under the wing, 12,000 photovoltaic cells on the upper wing surface and the horizontal stabilizer generate electricity during the day. These photovoltaic cells and horizontal stabilizer propel the plane and charge the batteries to allow night flight, theoretically enabling the single-seat plane to stay in the air indefinitely.  On July 8, 2010, HB-SIA achieved the world’s first manned 26-hour solar flight, flown by Andre Borschberg (started on July 7, 2010, from an airfield in Payenne, Switzerland).

To top HB-SIA, the HB-SIB is planned in the future, 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). Solar Impulse HB-SIB requires the development of new materials and construction methods. Solvay has invented electrolytes that allow the energy density of the batteries to be increased;Bayer Material Sciences is utilizing its nanotechnologies for this project;and Decision is using lighter carbon fibers than seen in any previous projects. HB-SIB will undergo the same structural strength and vibration testing as for HB-SIA. Flight testing for HB-SIB is planned for Spring of 2014 and the round-the-world flight for between April and July of 2015;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.

One cannot help but sense the inevitable success of  SOLAR ENERGY….upon the horizon…

Another lesson I have learned from this 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/earthlings….

* 1 inch = 1/12  ft = 2.54 centimeters (or cm)= 0.0254 meter (or m)

Your comments, questions, suggestions are always welcomed either publicly (via comments below) or privately (via sunisthefuture@gmail.com).

Written & Posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker,  sunisthefuture@gmail.com
Homepage: http://sunisthefuture.net

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29 January

Solar Powered Plane, The Solar Impulse Reminds Us That The Ultimate Power Is The SUN

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Dear Friends, Viewers/Visitors/Readers,

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If you’ve been following Sun Is The Future since 2011, you may remember the two posts on Solar Impulse that I wrote about on July 14, 2011:  Solar Impulse HB-SIA-Solar Plane (1) and Solar Impulse-SIA-Solar Plane (2).  For those of you visiting Sun Is The Future for the first time, here are some information provided by wikipedia, below:

Solar Impulse is a Swiss long-range solar powered aircraft project being undertaken at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The project eventually hopes to achieve the first circumnavigation of the Earth by a piloted fixed-wing aircraft using only solar power. The project is led by Swiss psychiatrist and aeronaut Bertrand Piccard, who co-piloted the first balloon to circle the world non-stop, and Swiss businessman André Borschberg.  The first aircraft, bearing the Swiss aircraft registration code of HB-SIA, is a single-seater monoplane, capable of taking off under its own power, and intended to remain airborne up to 36 hours.

This aircraft first flew an entire diurnal solar cycle, including nearly nine hours of night flying, in a 26-hour flight on July 7-8, 2010. In 2012, Piccard and Borschberg conducted successful solar flights from Switzerland to Spain and Morocco. In 2013, plans call for a flight from California to Virginia.  Building on the experience of this prototype, a slightly larger follow-on design (HB-SIB) is planned to make a circumnavigation of the globe in 20–25 days. This flight was initially planned for 2014, but following a structural failure of the aircraft’s main spar during static testing, a more likely date is 2015.

Piccard initiated the Solar Impulse project in 2003. By 2009, he had assembled a multi-disciplinary team of 50 specialists from six countries, assisted by about 100 outside advisers. The project is financed by a number of private companies. The four main partners are Deutsche BankOmega SASolvay, and Schindler. Other partners include Bayer MaterialScience, Altran and Swisscom. Other supporters include ClarinsSemper, Toyota, BKW and STG. The EPFL, the European Space Agency (ESA) and Dassault have provided additional technical expertise, while SunPower provided the aircraft’s photovoltaic cells.

With a non-pressurized cockpit and a limited flight ceiling, the HB-SIA is primarily a demonstrator design. The plane has a similar wingspan to the Airbus A340 airliner. Under the wing are four nacelles, each with a set of lithium polymer batteries, a 10 hp (7.5 kW) motor and a twin-bladed propeller. To keep the wing as light as possible, a customised carbon fibre honeycomb sandwich structure is used. 11,628 photovoltaic cells on the upper wing surface and the horizontal stabilizer generate electricity during the day. These both propel the plane and charge its batteries to allow flight at night, theoretically enabling the single-seat plane to stay in the air indefinitely. The first manned flight overnight lasted about 26 hours in July of 2010.

The aircraft’s major design constraint is the capacity of the lithium polymer batteries. Over an ideal 24-hour cycle, the motors will deliver a combined average of about 8 hp (6 kW), roughly the power used by the Wright brothers‘ pioneering Flyer in 1903. As well as the charge stored in its batteries, the aircraft uses the potential energy of height gained during the day to power its night flights.

On  June 26, 2009, the Solar Impulse was first presented to the public in Dübendorf, Switzerland. Following taxi testing, a short-hop test flight was made on December 3, 2009, piloted by Markus Scherdel.

On  April 7,  2010, the HB-SIA conducted an extended 87-minute test flight, piloted by Markus Scherdel. This flight reached an altitude of 1,200 m (3,937 ft).

On May 28,  2012, the aircraft made its first flight powered entirely by solar energy, charging its batteries in flight. On July 8, 2010. the HB-SIA achieved the world’s first manned 26-hour solar powered flight.  The airplane was flown by Andre Borschberg, and took off at 6:51 a.m.Central European Summer Time (UTC+2) on July 7 from an airfield in Payerne, Switzerland.  It returned for a landing the following morning at 9:00 a.m. local time.  During the flight, the plane reached a maximum altitude of 8,700 m (28,500 ft).  At the time, the flight was the longest and highest ever flown by a manned solar-powered aircraft; these records were officially recognized by the Federation Aeronoautique Internationale (FAI) in October, 2010. On  May 13, 2011, at approximately 21:30 local time, HB-SIA landed at Brussels Airport,

 

 

 

 

Solar Impulse aircraft at Brussels Airport in May of 2011

 

 

 

 

after completing a 13-hour flight from its home base in Switzerland. It was the first international flight by the Solar Impulse, which flew at an average altitude of 6,000 ft (1,829 m) for a distance of 630 km (391 mi), with an average speed of 50 km/h (31 mph). The aircraft’s slow cruising speed required operating at a mid-altitude, allowing much faster air traffic to be routed around it. The aircraft was piloted by Andre Borschberg. The project’s other co-founder, Bertrand Piccard, said in an interview after the landing: “Our goal is to create a revolution in the minds of people…to promote solar energies — not necessarily a revolution in aviation. A second international flight to the Paris Air Show was attempted on  June 12, 2011, but the plane turned back half-way and landed back in Brussels, where it had taken off, due to adverse weather conditions. In a second attempt on  June 14, André Borschberg successfully landed the aircraft at Paris’ Le Bourget Airport at 9:15 pm after a 16-hour flight.

On  June 5, 2012, the Solar Impulse successfully completed its first intercontinental flight, flying a 19-hour trip from Madrid, Spain, to Rabat, Morocco. During the first leg of the flight from Payerne, Switzerland, to Madrid, the aircraft broke several further records for solar flight, including the longest solar-powered flight between pre-declared waypoints (1,099.3 km (683 mi)) and along a course (1,116 km (693 mi)).  Below is a video clip of CBS News 60 Minutes on Solar Impulse in December of 2012:

 

Construction of the second Solar Impulse aircraft, carrying the Swiss registration HB-SIB, started in 2011. It will feature a larger, pressurized cockpit and advanced avionics to allow for transcontinental and trans-oceanic flightsSupplemental oxygen and various other environmental support systems will allow the pilot to cruise at an altitude of 12,000 meters (39,000 ft). The wingspan of HB-SIB will be 80.0 m (262.5 ft), slightly wider than an Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner,but unlike the 500-ton A380, the carbon-fibre Solar Impulse will weigh little more than an average automobile. Completion was planned for 2013, with a circumnavigation of the globe in 20–25 days in 2014. However, following a structural failure of the main spar during static tests, a more likely date for the circumnavigation is 2015. The flight would circle the world in the northern hemisphere, near the equator. Five stops are planned to allow changes of pilots. Each leg of the flight will last three to four days, limited by the physiology of each pilot. Once improved battery efficiency makes it possible to reduce the aircraft’s weight, a two-seater is envisaged to make a non-stop circumnavigation.

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5 June

Solar Impulse Update ! World’s First Solar-Powered Intercontinental Flight Completed !

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If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you very much.

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Dear Friends & Readers,

Please refer to our posts on Swiss Solar Impulse/Solar Plane

Solar Impulse HB-SIA (wikimedia)

 

on March 12, 2011; July 14 (1), 2011; and July 14 (2), 2011.

Solar Impulse HB-SIA fuselage & engine

Solar Impulse HB-SIA showing wing

I am pleased to announce an update for our visioinaries Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg: on the late night of June 5, 2012, Solar Impulse successfully completed the world’s first Solar- Powered Intercontinental flight!  Bertrand and Andre piloted their Solar Impulse airplane from MadridSpain (Barajas airport) to Rabat, Morocco , crossing the Gibraltar Strait and the Mediterranean.  “This flight marks a new stage in the history of the project because we have reached another continent.  Furthermore, after almost 20 hours of flight, we landed with a full set of batteries.  This is extraordinary as it represents an increase in confidence in new technologies.” said Andre Borschberg.  This Solar Impulse flight is under the High Patronage of King Mohammed VI.  Following the successful flight, the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (MASEN) is hosting the Solar Impulse team over a week to raise awareness of solar energy’s potential.    Mr. Mustafa Bakkoury, MASEN’s President, said “We are delighted to host this world premiere in Morocco and are very pleased with the presence of overall Solar Impulse’s impressive team.  We are also very thankful to each partner that could make this possible.”  At this point, I’d like to share the clip of World’s First Solar-Powered Intercontinental Flight, below:

The team will then head over to Ouarzazate City where the first solar complex is being developed.  Morocco’s ambitious and expensive plan to draw 40% of its energy needs from the blazing sun by 2020, (with a thermo-solar power plant of capacity of 160 megawatts and  five solar energy plants to produce 2000 megawatts of electricity), reducing CO2 emission of 3.7 million tons, received a publicity boost this week as Solar Impulse completes its first intercontinental flight and lands in the Moroccan Capital, Rabat.  “We came here out of admiration for Morocco’s pioneering solar energy program,” Bertrand Piccard said.  “It was perhaps the most beautiful flight of my life.  I have dreamed since I was a child of flying without using fuel,” said Piccard,  the man who who co-piloted the first hot airballoon to circle the world non-stop in 1999.

Morocco is one of the few countries in the region almost completely dependent on imports for its energy needs and it had been hard hit by the soaring oil prices these past few years.  “We have to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels,  most of which we import,” Mustafa Bakkouri added.  The Ouarzazate plant is expected to be operational by 2014, with plans to boost its capacity to 500 megawatts by 2015.  The ultimate goal is to draw 40% of Morocco’s energy needs from the sun by 2020 and a string of solar energy plants across North Africa that would eventually supply all the energy needs there, as well as 15% of Europe’s.

The success of this flight is not to offer an alternative to commercial airliners but to push the limit of what is possible with solar technology, be it in the form of intercontinental flight or in the form of independence from fossil fuel.  We wish continued success to both Swiss Solar Impulse and Moroccan MASEN’s energy plan.  We will also look forward to the World Flight (around the world) scheduled for Solar Impulse in 2014.

~have a bright and sunny day~

Gathered, written, and posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker

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4 August

Prelude To President Obama’s 50th Birthday Present-Grass Root Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program Petition

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Dear Friends, Readers, and Fellow Fans of Sunshine,

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

I’d like to share with you one of my correspondences today:

to info@barackobama.com,
Energy <Energy@eog.myflorida.com>
date Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Greetings, Director Bird,

I would like to celebrate President Obama’s birthday with all of his supporters, but my 79/80 year old mother is having health problem this week and I am watching her carefully today. I will try to make it to the celebration if her condition improves more. But if I will not be able to make it to the celebration, then I would like to present my birthday present for President Obama here, with all of your help, my/our effort in trying to start a grass root movement (support for the the Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program) in the form of petition campaign that would help to address the question of job creation and economic prosperity for the state of Florida and many communities of USA if we would implement Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program. I have started a web site, http://sunisthefuture.net , to promote better understanding of renewable/solar energy and to educate general public and hopefully to drum up sufficient attention and support for Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program in order for FIT/CLEAN Program to be introduced as a separate Senate Bill for state of Florida. I will be setting up the petition page later today (I am targeting before midnight of  Aug. 4, President Obama’s birthday), but in the mean time, I would like to invite all of you to view articles and listen to all the video clips at http://sunisthefuture.net . Go to the search box at right side of the Homepage and type in:
Feed-In-Tariff
Solar Plane
Cars of the Future
Solar Hot Water Heater
Solar Shingle
Incentive For Solar
Why Should We Power The World With Wind-Water-Sunlight Quickly
Peak Oil
Why Solar
What Is Solar Cell
etc.
Please pay special attention to discussions on Feed-In-Tariff because I believe this incentive program will be able to help create hundreds of thousands of jobs for Florida and USA, boost our economy, and move us toward the Renewable/Wind-Water-Solar Energy Age. I have seen first hand how much hope and enthusiasm this program had generated for many other countries. Please publicize this program and the site http://sunisthefuture.net so we can get the petition campaign started. I thank you for your attention and time. Please tell as many of the supporters about http://sunisthefuture.net as possible. I was told that I would need more than 700,000 Floridians’ signatures. We need to get started ASAP.

Respectfully,
Susan Sun Nunamaker
sunisthefuture@gmail.com

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14 July

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)….

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

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….

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14 July

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Dear Sunlovers and Fans of Solar Impulse/Solar Plane,

If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

Due to popular demand, I am writing an update about the Swiss Solar Impulse’s HB-SIA and will also be posting 2 video clips on Solar Impulse’s HB-SIA.  Those of you who have read the earlier post (March 12, 2011) at Sun Is The Future, Solar Plane-“All that is impossible remains to be achieved.” may remember that through the clean tech of  solar energy, SOLARIMPULSE has brought us not only the physical possibility of  the first manned flight over night  (lasted about 26 hours) by solar powered plane in July 2010, but also the message to educators throughout planet earth the importance of  motivating children and students the pioneering spirit and developing new ways of thinking about future, energy, environment , and online education. The Swiss Solar Impulse HB-SIA, below,

Solar Plane Swiss Solar Impulse HB-SIA, a long-range solar powered plane

undertaken at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne,  was a project  initiated in 2003 and then promoted by Bertrand Piccard (who co-piloted the first balloon to circle the world non-stop);it has grown to a multi-disciplinary team of 50 specialists from six countries and assisted by about 100 outside advisers.  The prototype HB-SIA has a non-pressurized cockpit, a similar wingspan to the Airbus A340, lithium polymer batteries under the wing, 12,000 photovoltaic cells on the upper wing surface and the horizontal stabilizer generate electricity during the day. These photovoltaic cells and horizontal stabilizer propel the plane and charge the batteries to allow night flight, theoretically enabling the single-seat plane to stay in the air indefinitely.  On July 8, 2010, HB-SIA achieved the world’s first manned 26-hour solar flight, flown by Andre Borschberg (started on July 7, 2010, from an airfield in Payenne, Switzerland).

Stay tuned in for the next episode of the Solar Impulse HB-SIA Solar Plane….

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

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www.sunisthefuture.net

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www.kiva.org/team/sunisthefuture

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