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Around the world on zero fuel

Article | Apr 09, 2014

Solar Impulse 2, an updated and larger version of the groundbreaking aircraft that has captured imagination and support around the world, was unveiled April 9.

February's Historical Firsts

Article | Jan 21, 2014

Feb. 1, 2003 — About 15 minutes before its scheduled touchdown on Feb. 1, 2003, the Columbia orbiter broke apart during its reentry to Earth and all seven crewmembers died. The group had just finished a two-week mission, STS-107, completing dozens of science experiments. An investigation later showed that damage during launch to the shuttle's thermal protection system led to structural failure of the shuttle’s left wing.

Cool Stuff: Solar Impulses's Last Leg

Article | Jul 25, 2013

After a two-month journey powered only by solar power, Solar Impulse HB-SIA’s last leg across the United States should have literally been a breeze.

Solar Impulse lands early at JFK after wing tear

Article | Jul 09, 2013

An eight-foot-long tear in the fabric of the lower side of the left wing did not keep Solar Impulse from touching down at its destination July 6, completing a transcontinental journey on solar power alone.

Pilot Briefing: New York to Tokyo in two hours

Pilot Magazine | Jul 01, 2013

If Richard Lugg has his way, the next generation of supersonic civilian aircraft will shoot through the sky powered by engines that turn out a massive electrical charge, much of it converted into thrust with megawatts left over to silence the sonic boom.

Solar airplane fosters technology exchange

Article | Jun 20, 2013

Solar Impulse, with the wingspan of an airliner—208 feet—weighs only 3,527 pounds and can fly day and night.

Solar Impulse pilots review aircraft technology

Article | Jun 18, 2013

Solar Impulse’s pilots use a media event at Washington Dulles to show off the aircraft’s clean technology.

Solar Impulse lands at Washington Dulles

Article | Jun 14, 2013

Fourteen hours and four minutes after departing Cincinnati, Solar Impulse landed at Washington Dulles International Airport. The aircraft landed at 12:15 a.m. Eastern June 16.

Solar Impulse reaches St. Louis on zero fuel

Article | Jun 04, 2013

There was a moment on the flight of the solar-cell and battery-powered Solar Impulse when Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard thought clouds might rob his aircraft of power.