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Solar Impulse launched

Article | Mar 09, 2015

Swiss pilot André Borschberg completed the first leg of the Solar Impulse zero-fuel circumnavigation, a nearly 14-hour mission covering about 215 miles (loitering was required).

Solar Impulse nears departure

Article | Mar 03, 2015

Crews prepared Solar Impulse 2, the gossamer aircraft powered by the sun and designed to inspire, for a hoped-for March 7 departure from Abu Dhabi.

Solar Impulse control center opens in Monaco

Article | Feb 10, 2015

Solar Impulse II, the upgraded version of an all-electric airplane that toured the United States, is set to circle the globe starting in March.

Route set for Solar Impulse 2 round-the-world flight

Article | Jan 22, 2015

Twelve years of study, research, design, and testing will culminate in late February or early March when Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) launches on a solar-powered attempt to circumnavigate the world.

Spartan College makes solar electric trainer deal

Article | Jan 20, 2015

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology has signed an agreement for 20 delivery positions of a new solar-electric two-seat trainer, the Sun Flyer.

Top tech of 2014

Article | Dec 29, 2014

From laser guns to laser defenses, twisting wings and cameras that capture a propeller in action, 2014 was a busy year on the cutting edge.

Solar switch: Pioneer shifts to future without pilots

Article | Nov 06, 2014

A tri-motor aircraft with the sun as its energy source, Sunstar represents a bit of a departure for Solar Flight. After 30 years of building and innovation, Eric Raymond said it is time to shift the vision, and remove the pilot from the equation.

Spartan to collaborate on Sun Flyer project

Article | Oct 20, 2014

The developer of the solar-electric aircraft Sun Flyer has announced a collaboration with Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology to develop a training system.

Solar aircraft rounds the clock

Article | Aug 12, 2014

A Boston-area startup led by an aeronautical engineer (and private pilot) is working toward an unmanned, solar-powered aircraft capable of staying aloft for two years.

Briefing: Flight for a cause

Pilot Magazine | Jul 31, 2014

Two pilots from Fairbanks, Alaska, are flying to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh this summer, and they’ve decided to make the journey a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Around-the-world solar airplane passes first flight test

Article | Jun 04, 2014

A solar-powered around-the-world flight seemed a bit closer to reality after the aircraft designed for the mission completed a first flight test on June 2.

Electric April

Article | May 01, 2014

Two-seat solar and battery-powered prototypes were announced, and the "rock stars" of electric research and development gathered in California, marking significant progress in electric aviation.

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.

Solar Impulse moves on despite tornado damage in St. Louis

Article | Jun 03, 2013

Solar Impulse will fly from Dallas/Fort Worth to St. Louis June 3 despite a hangar at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport that was damaged by tornadoes.

Solar Impulse’s next stop: Phoenix

Article | May 03, 2013

The solar-powered Solar Impulse aircraft continued its U.S. tour May 3, departing San Francisco and a flight over the Golden Gate Bridge to make its next stop in Phoenix.

Solar Impulse flies over Golden Gate Bridge

Article | Apr 25, 2013

The solar-powered Solar Impulse aircraft continued its world tour by flying over San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge on April 23.