Solar-powered plane to begin cross-country voyage in May

Solar Impulse, the pioneering Swiss team aiming to circumnavigate the world in a solar-powered airplane, announced on March 28 the next stage of their mission: to fly from California to New York without using a single drop of fuel.

Piccard and partner Andre Borschberg made their announcement at Moffett Air Field in Mountain View, Calif., where they intend to begin their voyage in May.

“The first trip from San Francisco to New York City is a major step in terms of operations and technology, but also in inspiring people,” Bertrand Piccard, an aeronaut and psychiatrist who initiated the project, said late last year.

From California, they will fly the plane in five legs. Their first stop will be at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International Airport; next, they will fly to Dallas/Ft. Worth International; then it’s either Atlanta, Nashville or St. Louis; Washington Dulles International; and finally completing their trip in early July at New York City’s JFK International. They will stay at each stop for a week or longer to interact with area students.

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Source: txchnologist

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