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Old 08.03.2015, 16:08
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The Swiss are truly a little nuts...[Solar Impulse II]

It seems that the Swiss really enjoy these arduous sorts of challenges. I hope they make it.

http://www.theguardian.com/environme...d-solar-flight
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Old 08.03.2015, 16:23
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Re: The Swiss are truly a little nuts...

But you can't expect anything less from Captain Piccard?
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Old 09.03.2015, 05:12
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But you can't expect anything less from Captain Piccard?

The Piccard chaps are almost a dynasty
http://www.ideesuisse.ch/261.0.html?...1%2C1633%2C918
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Old 09.03.2015, 06:59
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Re: The Swiss are truly a little nuts...

The title of this post needs changing whats so nutty about this endeavor
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Old 09.03.2015, 07:46
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Re: The Swiss are truly a little nuts...

What is very fascinating is the sleeping methods they use.

And yes given the quality of the whole package I dont think they are nutty.
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Re: The Swiss are truly a little nuts...

Indeed it's quite a feat! Interestingly I found out that my neighbour worked on the Solar Impulse project. Now that's a wonderful conversation starter !
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Old 09.03.2015, 11:18
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It seems that the Swiss really enjoy these arduous sorts of challenges. I hope they make it.

http://www.theguardian.com/environme...d-solar-flight
You don't push the limits by doing the easy stuff.
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Indeed it's quite a feat! Interestingly I found out that my neighbour worked on the Solar Impulse project. Now that's a wonderful conversation starter !
Puppies are better. You see they have to bend down to pat the pup and well, eye balls will be eye balls...
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Re: The Swiss are truly a little nuts...

As technically brilliant as this whole Solar Impulse adventure undoubtedly is, it will not make air travel of the future any better. This is a proof of concept for the sake of concept program. In my opinion, (and I know a bunch of friends working in Payerne on this project), they are pissing money out of the window for what benefit?

What we need are faster and more efficient airplanes. Solar power won't ever do that in the air. Now if we had a method of storing solar energy into efficient batteries and cells we might be able to fully power ground vehicles and seaborne vessels. But flying? Nah.
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As technically brilliant as this whole Solar Impulse adventure undoubtedly is, it will not make air travel of the future any better. This is a proof of concept for the sake of concept program. In my opinion, (and I know a bunch of friends working in Payerne on this project), they are pissing money out of the window for what benefit?

What we need are faster and more efficient airplanes. Solar power won't ever do that in the air. Now if we had a method of storing solar energy into efficient batteries and cells we might be able to fully power ground vehicles and seaborne vessels. But flying? Nah.


For the time being, the whole solar energy business is rubbish, but it may look different in 20 or 40 or 60 years. When the Wright Brothers did their famous flight, nobody gave aviation a future, and railways carried hundreds of passengers through Europe and the USA

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The title of this post needs changing, what is so nutty about this endeavor?
5 days without going to the bathroom!

But seriously, it is a wonderful challenge, & in years to come they will be hailed as heroes...

Maybe the craft isn't so fast, but it will prove the concept, that 24 hour long distance journeys are possible.
Now if we add this technology to helium filled airships it might be cheaper than putting up satellites for communications.
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Re: The Swiss are truly a little nuts...

Must be horrible being in the Piccard family.. Everyone would expect you to go to the centre of the earth or something...
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Must be horrible being in the Piccard family.. Everyone would expect you to go to the centre of the earth or something...
Rumor has it that the next Piccard generation will join the flight to Mars. Sadly, that will mark the end of the family tree.
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Rumor has it that the next Piccard generation will join the flight to Mars. Sadly, that will mark the end of the family tree.
You've obviously not watched Star Trek: The Next Generation then

Make it so.
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Re: The Swiss are truly a little nuts...

Solar Impulse is just a few hours from completing the Nagoya-Hawaii leg
http://www.solarimpulse.com/leg-8-from-Nagoya-to-Hawaii

My OH has been religiously following the progress during this most challenging leg, and I have to say, once you start looking at the SI dashboard, you quickly get into it.

Anyone else following the SI progress?
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Re: The Swiss are truly a little nuts...

Where is it now?
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Re: The Swiss are truly a little nuts...[Solar Impulse II]

At garage in Hawaii. Batteries got too hot and weren't capable to continue the journey.
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At garage in Hawaii. Batteries got too hot and weren't capable to continue the journey.
It's really too bad. I had hoped they would be able to finish the trip this year. The latest on the homepage in your link says the next leg will be in April 2016.

Then again, there are worse places to be stuck for winter than Hawaii.
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Solar Impulse goes around the world

Solar Impulse about to land in Abu Dhabi, and complete its flight around the world on solar power.
A proud Swiss achievement.

http://www.solarimpulse.com/leg-17-f...o-to-Abu_Dhabi

Feels nice to make such a post amidst the gloom and nastiness going around.
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