Science & Technology

Solar Plane Set To Circumnavigate the Worldi
X
George Putic
April 10, 2014 7:39 PM
After successfully flying their solar-powered plane from Spain to Morocco in 2012, and across the U.S. in 2013, Swiss aeronautical enthusiasts are now getting ready to attempt a flight around the world next year. The new, improved version of the plane, named Solar Impulse 2, was recently unveiled in Switzerland. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Solar Plane Set To Circumnavigate the World

George Putic

Published April 10, 2014

After successfully flying their solar-powered plane from Spain to Morocco in 2012, and across the U.S. in 2013, Swiss aeronautical enthusiasts are now getting ready to attempt a flight around the world next year. The new, improved version of the plane, named Solar Impulse 2, was recently unveiled in Switzerland. VOA’s George Putic reports.


You May Like

Hezbollah Chief Says Does Not Want War But Ready for One

VOA's Jerusalem correspondent reports that with an Israeli election looming and Hezbollah's involvement in Syria, neither side appears interested in a wider conflict More

Multimedia VOA SPECIAL REPORT: Despite Danger, Best US Minds Battle Deadly Virus

Scientists at America's premier biological research center race in military confinement to find effective drugs, speedier tests and a safe vaccine amid the deadliest outbreak of Ebola in history More

Kurdish Poet Battles to Defend Language, Culture

Kawa Nemir's work is an example of what he sees as an irreversible cultural and political assertiveness among Kurds in Turkey More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Mark from: Virginia
April 11, 2014 6:47 AM
while I applaud the efforts of the team of engineers and pilots who developed and tested this aircraft, it never ceases to amaze me that perhaps there could have been a better means of spending that time and money helping to solve some of the problems plaguing mankind; like disease and conflict. Solar powered aircraft may never become a reality for commercial use, but living in a world free of disease and war may still be possible.
How many millions did it take to research, test and build this aircraft? How many millions of people could that money have helped live a better life, with clean water for drinking and sanitary conditions for living?
Sometimes I think the 'privileged few have their priorities a little screwed up. Then again, its early morning for me and I'm a little cranky today.