29 Mar '13, 2pm

Slideshow: Solar plane warms up for U.S. tour: via @eetimes

Slideshow: Solar plane warms up for U.S. tour: via @eetimes

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – A solar powered airplane made its U.S. debut at Moffett Field here in preparation for a trip across America this summer. The HB-SIA from Solar Impulse aims to show the capabilities of renewable energy and inspire a new generation. “We built this plane to prove the credibility of a solar flight through the night,” said Bertrand Piccard, a pilot and one of two co-founders of the project. “Usually we are prisoners of old assumptions and a fear of failing,” said Piccard whose father and grandfather participated in pioneering submarine and high-altitude balloon projects. “Innovation is not so much about new ideas as getting rid of old ideas,” he said. Project founders and pilots André Borschberg (right) and Bertrand Piccard address the press under their assembled plane. The Swiss-made plane has already demonstrated its capability to fly though the night ...

Full article: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4410900/Slideshow...

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