Solar Impulse solar-electric-airplane has resumed its around-the-world flight

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Solar Impulse solar-electric-airplane has resumed its around-the-world flight

I was able to attend the landing of the Solar Impulse airplane at Moffett Field, in Silicon Valley, Mountain View, California, last night.

This is a pure electric airplane with sufficient solar panels and energy storage to let it fly for several days at a time. The only limit is the pilot. It's an amazing aircraft, and the team is focused on making it around the world with zero fuel consumption.

I've made a writeup at: http://longtailpipe.com/2016/04/24/solar-impulse-2-flies-resumes-around-the-world-solar-powered-fuel-less-flight-showing-us-the-...

You can follow the flight at: http://solarimpulse.com

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Official picture from yesterday afternoon flying over the Golden Gate Bridge

BTW - the team brings along several Stormer electric bicycles to use to rapidly travel around whatever site they go to.

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This is what it looked like landing at nearly Midnight local time. This airplane has the wingspan of a Boeing 747, and the wings looked impossibly wide while landing.

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This is the best I could do while it was touching down.

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Being wheeled into place in front of the guests & press

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There are four motor units, and a total energy capacity around 100 kiloWatt-hours (guessing)

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Bertrand Piccard greeting the audience


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