Swiss pilot plans to fly solar airplane to the edge of space

November 28, 2016 by  
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It might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a Swiss pilot is preparing to fly to the edge of space in a solar-powered aircraft . According to Wired , Raphël Domjan is planning to fly his plane, SolarStratos , higher than any plane has gone before. His goal is to prove that renewable energy is not only equal to, but potentially greater than fossil fuels. Check out the video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw1TYssfSCg That goal, it seems, is a lofty one in both the literal and figurative senses. When the planned date arrives in late 2018, Domjan hopes to hop into SolarStratos and fly 25,000 meters into the sky, to the edge of space. After flying for two and a half hours, he is planning to spend 15 minutes in the stratosphere before slowly ascending back to terra firma. “Our goal is to be the highest plane ever, not only solar and electric,” Swiss pilot, Domjan told Wired . With this project, we take technology you can find in the supermarket and we put it to the limit. He adds that showing solar technology can take humans as far or further than petroleum fuels will send a strong message about the potential that clean technology holds. “We still have so many things to explore,” he adds. “Maybe exploration can be used to protect our planet.” Related: World’s first piloted solar-powered helicopter lifts off in Maryland But he needs more funding to make his mission happen. Since founding SolarStratos in 2014, Domjan has raised $5 million to make his experimental plane , which is expected to be released by solar aviation specialist PC-Solar by the end of this year. The finished plane will weigh just shy of 1,000 pounds, including two 19kw motors that produce about 50 horsepower. That much weight and power is just barely light enough to complete the missions; according to Wired, Domjan will have to lose about 20 pounds before he can attempt the feat. There’s also the problem of how he will breathe at 25,000 meters, where there’s only two percent of the oxygen available at sea level. Also, despite the funds already raised, the team needs another $5 million in the bank before they’re ready to take flight. Still, it’s a worthy mission – let’s hope the project lifts off the ground. Via Wired Images and video via SolarStratos , Youtube

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Sunseeker Duo: Construction on the World’s First Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane is Nearly Complete

October 26, 2012 by  
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Solar-powered commercial flight may be a long way off, but the Sunseeker Duo—a solar-powered two-person plane built by Solar Flight, Inc —might bring us a little closer. Until now, solar planes have only been able to carry one person, but as its name would suggest the Sunseeker Duo is intended to accommodate two passengers without sacrificing performance. If Solar Flight, Inc succeeds, their two-seater solar plane will be a world first, and the plane’s creators are looking for support in their endeavor through Kickstarter . Read the rest of Sunseeker Duo: Construction on the World’s First Solar-Powered Two-Seater Plane is Nearly Complete Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: green flying , Kickstarter funded plane , solar airplane , Solar Flight Inc , Solar Power , Solar Power Plane , solar powered airplane , Solar Powered Flight , Sunseeker Duo , Two man solar plane

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Species Spectrum’s Inspiring Cards Feature Rescue Animals Around the World

October 26, 2012 by  
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Do you love animals and design? Species Spectrum  publishes fantastic all-occasion greeting cards showcasing rescue and sanctuary animals. Created by Santa Fe, NM-based designer Jes McKay Gilmore, every Species Spectrum  design begins with a photograph of a rescue animal. Both wild and domestic animals in shelters, sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers that would otherwise not be seen by the public are photographed for the cards. The compelling cards seek to inspire individuals to realize their own capacity to improve an animal’s life. 10% of their profits are donated to small non-profits who are helping animals everyday.  + Species Spectrum The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Solar Impulse Sun-Powered Plane Will Attempt to Fly from Switzerland to Morocco

March 30, 2012 by  
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For the first time ever, a solar plane will attempt to fly from Switzerland to Morocco. Back in 2011 Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg flew their Solar Impulse plane from Paris to Brussels, however the plane’s latest journey will travel even further – the plane will attempt to travel over 1,550 miles without using a drop of fuel. Read the rest of Solar Impulse Sun-Powered Plane Will Attempt to Fly from Switzerland to Morocco Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , airplane , Andre Borschberg , bertrand piccard , solar airplane , solar impulse , solar impulse solar plane , Solar Power

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Sun-Powered Solar Impulse Plane Completes First Night Flight

July 8, 2010 by  
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The Solar Impulse airplane landed in Switzerland this morning after a 26-hour flight that proved that a solar-powered airplane can fly in darkness. The propeller plane has nearly 12,000 solar cells on its 207-foot lightweight carbon-fiber wings.

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Flying Around the World Powered by the Sun

March 1, 2010 by  
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Image credit: Good With the technology available today, powering an airplane with solar power doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. But this isn’t keeping people from trying.

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Genetically Engineered Tobacco Could Clean Up Toxic Pond Scum

March 1, 2010 by  
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photo: Christian Haugen via flickr. Tobacco may do lots of bad things to human health when it’s smoked, but some new research done by scientists at St George’s, University of London shows that a genetically engineered strain may be able to do help clean up toxic pond scum, protecting animals and humans from potential illness:..

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