Solar Powered Plane Crosses the USA

© Solar Impulse

© Solar Impulse

The Solar Impulse plane landed the final leg of its cross-country flight at JFK on July 6th. A record breaking achievement in solar energy and flight innovation, the plane that started in San Francisco, before hopping from city to city, encountered a few problems along the way- most notably, a tear in the fabric (literal, fabric) of the wing as it completed its final leg into New York City, which prohibited the planned fly-by of the Statue of Liberty.

Still, the 11,000 photovoltaic cells that powered the Impulse speak for themselves- working day and night, this plane flew cross country, using no fuel, in what is one of the most remarkable innovations in clean transportation yet. Pilot and designer Andre Borschberg, of Switzerland, came up with the idea, and used a variety of primarily Swiss funders to back the project.

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