So What Is The Solar-powered Plane, Impulse About?
According to the Epoch Times:
The Solar Impulse Project, the 100% solar-powered plane launched six years ago and has a team of 150 engineers and experts supporting it. The flight made by the Impulse lasted 26 solid hours, and reached heights of 28,000 feet, breaking the record for longest and highest flight by a solar airplane.
Its wingspan is 207 feet, and it weighs as much as the average car. However, it only has room for one person: the pilot. Technically known as the HB-SIA, it is fueled by solar power alone.
The plane landed at Payerne Air Base, Switzerland, after its flight.
How will the Impulse’s flight affect solar energy?
By flying a plane of that size for 26 hours straight without stopping (even at night, when there is no sun), the Impulse Solar-powered plane has proved the efficiency and worth of solar energy, one of the worlds top 3 clean energy sources.
This solar-powered plane could revolutionize the travel industry for good. Its ability to capitalize on solar energy, a clean, efficient fuel source, and fly nonstop would make it an excellent choice for flying – if it had any cabin space. Unfortunately, the Impulse has the wingspan of an Air Bus, and only holds one person – the pilot.
So, while this plane could clean up our airways with its nice, clean solar power, it probably won’t. At least it won’t for now, not until they figure out a way to either downsize the number of panels needed to fly a plane for hours on end or find a way to give it a bigger body and still fly it with the same number of panels.
However, this plane’s successful flighty might sway some people to do away with gasoline and its pollution in favor of solar energy. By proving that a plane can stay in the air nonstop, they have proved the efficiency of solar energy, a clean source of fuel.
This indisputable proof of solar energy’s value might gain it some support in the search for efficient and clean energy. People will marvel at the fact that a plane can fly for 26 hours straight – what other planes can do that? – and, when they hear solar power, it will leave them scratching their heads and wondering why more things aren’t run on solar energy.
One thing I would love to see is the Solar Impulse run with wind energy and solar energy.
The Impulse, however, might have just revolutionized the field of solar power.
No one can say that it does not work – the Impulse has proved them wrong. The solar-powered plane is clean, it is efficient, and, yes, it might cost a little to switch over to solar energy. But, any switch will cost money. At least with solar energy, the little bit of expense won’t cost us the environment.
The time is ripe for a solution to the fuel crisis. The impulse may have kick-started a movement for solar energy.