Solar Impulse Round the World Flight

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Solar Impulse 2 has been repaired and is ready to continue its flight round the world.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36063490

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Solar Impulse 2 has been repaired and is ready to continue its flight round the world.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-36063490

Solar Impulse and Helios ( by NASA ) were inspiring when it comes to solar flight.

What I don't understand is why they don't make for instance a 120 seater solar/battery powered airliner with 80-90 meter span with lifting fuselage ?

Something like this with maximized solar panel area and reduced speed ( just 400 mph at 60 000 ft ).

They could have ( if not aiming to fly at nite ) been able to carry 10 people inside the Solar Impulse equivalent plane.

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Indeed, but Topspeed, if you have spare time during the weekend, maybe you can design one.

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Indeed, but Topspeed, if you have spare time during the weekend, maybe you can design one.

I have been designing one since 2011...and the concept is ready. It is way beyond my reach to realize it...at the moment.

All I can say it is doable...with clever aerodynamics and brilliant structure...and overall lay out has to be way beyond we see today in efficiency...tuned for that mission.

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I have been designing one since 2011...and the concept is ready. It is way beyond my reach to realize it...at the moment.

Dear Topspeed, I have told you this before, but I'll tell it again: designing is not the same as making three-view drawings of imaginary airplanes. Actually, I am positively surprised that you admit that it is beyond your reach....:)

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Dear Topspeed, I have told you this before, but I'll tell it again: designing is not the same as making three-view drawings of imaginary airplanes. Actually, I am positively surprised that you admit that it is beyond your reach....:)

I am glad I have a working prototype of my windmill that supercedes all previous VAWT turbines with a margin. Aeroplanes are different thing...they take a team to realize.

I wanna point out that the point in making Solar Impulse I and II was to spread the awereness of the possibilities of solar flight ( and revewables in general ) and brake new boundaries.... I have been doing just that.

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I am glad I have a working prototype of my windmill that supercedes all previous VAWT turbines with a margin. Aeroplanes are different thing...they take a team to realize.

I wanna point out that the point in making Solar Impulse I and II was to spread the awereness of the possibilities of solar flight ( and revewables in general ) and brake new boundaries.... I have been doing just that.

Why would you like to brake boundaries...shouldn't they rather be expanded? :) Would you care to tell how, when and by whom your revolutionary windmill will be produced? And how have you been doing whatever it is you claim to have done? Building RC-models, AFAIK.

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Finny/Topspeed, enough of your thread drift. Take your bickering to your own thread. If not I will ask the moderators to close this thread.

For those that are interested in the progress of Solar Impulse 2, they are 500km from California, a photo shoot is programmed over San Francisco and a landing at Moffett Field sometime tonight hopefully.

Yet another milestone.

http://www.schindler.com/rtw/internet/en/around-the-world/follow-the-flight.html

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Finny/Topspeed, enough of your thread drift. Take your bickering to your own thread. If not I will ask the moderators to close this thread.

For those that are interested in the progress of Solar Impulse 2, they are 500km from California, a photo shoot is programmed over San Francisco and a landing at Moffett Field sometime tonight hopefully.

Yet another milestone.

http://www.schindler.com/rtw/internet/en/around-the-world/follow-the-flight.html

Sorry Wokka Bob !

Let's enjoy the multimiilinaires leisure flying !