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Solar Impulse embarks on historic flight from Moffett

Original post made on Mar 31, 2013

The Solar Impulse, an airplane powered entirely by energy harvested from the sun, will soon take off from Moffett Field -- kicking off the first leg of its cross-country tour.

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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Hard to believe that we will be seeing solar-powered commercial flight any time soon. However, maybe there might be some value for drones--that currently need to return to base for refueling.

> not use a drop of fossil fuel

And if this plane is forced to land short of any of its intended destinations--should people use fossil fuel to rescue them?


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Posted by curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2013 at 10:08 am

"And if this plane is forced to land short of any of its intended destinations--should people use fossil fuel to rescue them?"

Why not? They used horses to rescue broken-down Model Ts.


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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2013 at 10:30 am

> Why not? They used horses to rescue broken-down Model Ts.

For a time. But it didn't take long before they invented vehicles to "rescue" disabled vehicles .. and horses disappeared from our society's roadways.

However, with this "solar explorers" consider the use of fossil fuel as part of their energy budget for any flight where they end up crashing, or are downed for whatever reason?