This Plane Will Circle the World Using Only the Power of the Sun

You've probably heard about the ambitious, almost impossible-sounding project to fly a solar-powered plane around the world without refueling. But now, about a year before the voyage is scheduled to begin, you get your first look at the plane itself. It's unlike any plane you've seen before. » 4/09/14 12:00pm 4/09/14 12:00pm

Solar Impulse Ends Cross-Country Flight With Tiny Little 8-Ft Wing Gash

It took two months for Solar Impulse, the little solar-powered plane that could, to make it from Washington state to New York's JFK airport. Two months of 45mph speeds, multiple stopovers, and cursing at clouds. But after surviving all that time and distance, the flight's triumphant finale was cut short by a torn wing. … » 7/07/13 10:24am 7/07/13 10:24am

This Inflatable Aircraft Carrier Houses a Solar-Powered Wonder Plane

When you're flying around the world in a lightweight solar-powered plane with a wingspan larger than most commercial airliners, you need to guarantee you've always got a safe place to store it on the ground. So the support team behind the Solar Impulse, the world's first globe circumnavigating solar-powered aircraft,… » 6/05/13 12:19pm 6/05/13 12:19pm

Solar Impulse Is Going to Circle the Earth Nonstop—Eventually

Like a gigantic, solar-powered motherf***ing Pterodactyl, the Solar Impulse aircraft hopes to revolutionize air travel by circumnavigating the globe without landing. But first, it has to get from Switzerland to Morocco in 48 hours without refueling. » 3/29/12 11:30am 3/29/12 11:30am

Solar Impulse Prototype Unveiled; Solar Plane to Circumnavigate the…

We told you about the plans and simulations last May, but now a couple of bold Swiss adventurers just unveiled a prototype of Solar Impulse, a carbon fiber solar-powered airplane they plan to fly around the world in 2011. The 3000-pound aircraft will have a wingspan that's about the same as the Airbus A380, but instead … » 11/07/07 10:00am 11/07/07 10:00am

Solar Impulse: Around the World in a 100% Sun-powered Airplane

The Solar Impulse is Bertrand Piccard's 100% solar-powered airplane. He plans to go around the world with it in 2011, but the pilots have started training today using an extremely complex virtual simulator that takes into account all its features. It has a 262-feet wingspan full of photovoltaic cells that power its… » 5/23/07 2:20pm 5/23/07 2:20pm