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Old 13.05.2011, 19:00
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Solar Impulse starts descent toward Brussels

Yi-ha!

You can watch live film from the cockpit on their home page.

http://www.solarimpulse.com/

ETA was about 19:00 earlier today, but who knows...
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Re: Solar Impulse starts descent toward Brussels

This isn't getting a lot of attention in the American media, but I think this is an important project. It isn't that difficult to imagine one day driving in electric cars, but the global economy will come to a skidding halt if petroleum-dependent planes can't fly and there is no alternative fuel for aviation. Does anybody really want to go back to the "good" old days when passengers had to travel by sailboat or steamer ships? When the Atlantic Ocean really was an ocean rather than "the pond"? Congratulations to the Solar Impulse team, and here's hoping this will lead to a new era in manned flight.
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Old 14.05.2011, 13:32
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Re: Solar Impulse starts descent toward Brussels

Could it be worry that the EPFL, with its MIT- and Brown University-trained scientists, will poach the US airline industry like they nabbed the America's Cup?
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Old 14.05.2011, 19:18
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This isn't getting a lot of attention in the American media, but I think this is an important project. It isn't that difficult to imagine one day driving in electric cars, but the global economy will come to a skidding halt if petroleum-dependent planes can't fly and there is no alternative fuel for aviation. Does anybody really want to go back to the "good" old days when passengers had to travel by sailboat or steamer ships? When the Atlantic Ocean really was an ocean rather than "the pond"? Congratulations to the Solar Impulse team, and here's hoping this will lead to a new era in manned flight.
Alternative fuels for jetplanes are tested by aircraft producers and airlines around the globe. None of the alternatives of course at this stage is ready, but things may change within the next few years.

When the father of the man now behind this plane in the 50ies and 60ies started to develop technologies to explore deep levels of the oceans, it also was real pioneer work and neglected by the media outside Switzerland. BUT, HIS techniques are now in use around the globe.
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Could it be worry that the EPFL, with its MIT- and Brown University-trained scientists, will poach the US airline industry like they nabbed the America's Cup?
But who has the America's Cup now?
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Re: Solar Impulse starts descent toward Brussels

Fantastic project! Loved watching it.

The company my daughter works for made the doors for its hangar - wow!!
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