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Thursday, April 8, 2010

First solar-powered plane successfully completes its first flight

The first plane which only uses the power of the Sun successfully completed its first flight today!


"The Solar Impulse, part of a $82 million project, reached a height of 3200ft and stayed airborne for an hour before touching down to applause.


Boasting a 240-foot wingspan of a jumbo jet, the plane took off at 45km/h but then flew as slowly as 23km/h with just the pilot on board,"
"Creator Bertrand Piccard, 50, hopes to fly around the world powered just by sunlight in 2012, but the top speed is set to be just 71km/h."


Image flying to Europe, North America or somewhere else on the planet in a plane which is only powered by
sunlight!

You can read more about the plane, the project and express your feelings to the designers
by signing there guest book at the following website: http://www.solarimpulse.com/
You can see a video which shows the plane taking off by going to the following website:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/Green/
2923990/First-solar-powered-aeroplane-takes-off.html


It certainly would help the state of the Earth's environment and ozone layer if large planes
powered by solar-energy could be designed and used in the skies of the Earth! Let
us hope that this first success is followed by
many more successes with larger prototype solar-powered planes!



2 comments:

Mr_Toad said...

See also PointFocus for many creative and practical ideas utilising the sun's rays. Read about the SunCatcher, a commercial product.
And, yes, we can all do something to help the energy problem, for example:

CUT BACK ON YOUR USAGE.

Before you go out and purchase solar panels/etc. try and cut back on how much you use first. If you're running extra fridges, freezers, electronic equipment and lights that don't need to be on all day you are wasting a lot of energy.

For example, if you're not using it your computer should be turned off. Even if its not being used it is still using about 90 Watts per second, and 180 Watts if the monitor is still turned on (regardless of whether you have a screensaver). It is an urban myth that turning your computer off and on wastes more energy. Since 1992 all computers sold in North America have had to be certified by Energy Saver, which means they use no extra energy when you turn them on than during their regular use.

Your Television is another example. Despite the blank screen it is actually on. (Try listening to its buzzing sound in the dead of night sometime.) The reason is because it is using about 10 to 20 Watts to keep the screen "warmed up" so that when you turn on your TV it will be ready to go. Older televisions built in the 1970s/etc didn't have this function and usually took a couple seconds to warm up, with the image appearing quite small as a dot in the middle of the screen and slowly getting bigger. So even though you're not using it your Tv is actually wasting energy so you don't have to wait for the screen a couple seconds.

Wayne said...

Hi Mr. Toad,thanks for your link to PointFocus and your very good comments concerning how to cut back on energy consumption. I never knew that computers should be turned off, so now that I do,I certainly will turn it off to save energy. I hope you have a great weekend, and thanks again for educating us about an important issue.

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