In 2018 history was made when Bertrand Piccard made the first non-stop trip around the world with a hot air balloon. Eleven years later; Piccard makes history again as the Founder of the Environmentally Friendly Solar Impulse; which is a Swiss-led solar-powered aircraft development project. The recently launched Solar Impulse carbon-fiber aircraft has officially been ushered into a new Green era that is fully sophisticated from solar power technology. Energy-saving Solar Impulse aircraft triumphantly glides to the Payerne airfield in Switzerland; making it the first aircraft to complete a 24-hour non-stop flight; only driven by the natural power of sunlight.
An Environmental Friendly Solar Impulse Flight Test
CEO and pilot Andre Borschberg conducted an Environmental Friendly Solar Impulse flight test; practicing the advanced energy-saving solar technology that he, Piccard, and their team developed. Advanced technology designed to be the Green Solar Impulse aircraft needed to not only utilize and convert solar energy to sustain the aircraft during daytime flights; but it also needs to include high-energy energy-efficient batteries that will convert and store the additional solar energy needed to turn on the night hours.
It took seven years of planning for the team to develop an Environmentally Friendly Solar Impulse aircraft. This solar-powered aircraft has a wingspan of Boeing 777 (207 feet) and enters with a weight of around a medium-sized car. This solar-powered aircraft is equipped with 12,000 solar cells and is designed with a single-seat cockpit.
Andre Borschberg, a former Swiss fighter pilot, departed with solar-powered aircraft equipped with emergency parachutes, advanced environmentally friendly solar cell technology and energy-efficient computerized monitoring systems. He can navigate the airplane effectively through thermal wind and turbulence; all the temporal freezing night temperatures. Andre Borschberg won by completing the first successful flight of a fully solar-powered aircraft; lasts 24 hours in a row in the air. This energy-efficient Green aircraft can reach speeds of 75 mph and soar to a height of 28,000 feet. At the end of his Eco-friendly flight; Andre Borschberg brought the historic Solar Impulse to make an elegant landing; effectively bringing home the perfect landing for this record-breaking Green legacy Green plane.
Hundreds Of Eagerly-Awaited Eco-Friendly Supporters
Andre Borschberg, landed this sophisticated solar-powered aircraft; many of which help to balance the Green plane when landing so that it does not end and scratch its wings. The unexpected success came from recorded data which made the aircraft end its flight with more than 20 percent additional solar energy collected than originally thought. Sophisticated computerized systems onboard monitor operation and optimize energy efficiency during flight.
Andre Borschberg said this shortly after landing the energy-efficient solar-powered Impulse aircraft: “Everything went very well, it was completely unbelievable,” Andre Borschberg went on to say; “We show that it is feasible to fly day and night; which means this technology can be used to save energy and produce energy, and that is what we want to show.”
Advanced Energy-saving Technology
Some of the main objectives of the ongoing Solar Impulse aircraft are to develop advanced energy-saving technologies, develop renewable and sustainable sources of environmentally friendly fuels, and build aircraft designed only using solar power; all of which are geared towards successful green flights throughout the world. Although this event was only a milestone in the grand scheme of things; the test flight of the Solar Impulse airplane has shown positive and successful possibilities for bringing that ambitious ultimate goal closer to reality.
This groundbreaking Green technology and advanced design show tremendous Eco-friendly potential for future sustainable and renewable air travel alternatives. It is with this revolutionizing cutting edge Solar Impulse airplane that we can now see, firsthand, the potential possibilities being inspired by the innovative challenges of transforming, storing and managing solar power. This further encourages the theories that it may indeed be possible for an airplane to fly indefinitely; powered only by energy-efficient, sustainable and renewable solar energies.
Excitement and anticipation are already focused on the team’s next solar-powered airplane; of which is to be built incorporating all the Green knowledge, data and improved Eco-friendly technologies that made this successful flight possible. Their next and more advanced solar-powered airplane is expected to be ready by 2019. It is being specifically designed with high hopes of being able to travel around the world with only five stops along the way.