About one year ago, a man by the name of André Borschberg set the world record for the longest solo flight, consisting of a total travel time of 4 days, 21 hours and 51 minutes. He traveled from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii in the United States, but when he landed, the plane was said to have a damaged battery due to overheating.
After almost a year of inspection and refinement, the Solar Impulse team is ready to resume their round-the-world solar powered flight. The solar powered plane is due to take off from Hawaii, piloted by Bertrand Piccadd. At present, the team is carefully strategizing the takeoff date to prepare for and avoid infavourable weather conditions.
Piccard says, “The primary purpose of this adventure is to demonstrate that modern clean technologies can achieve the impossible.” The Solar Impulse team wants to “encourage everyone to use these same energy efficient solutions on the ground in their daily lives for mobility, construction, lighting, heating, cooling, and more.”
Reading and learning about stories like this from around the world is very fascinating and makes us ask ourselves whether it would ever be possible to power the entire planet out of renewable energy resources like our sun. The current developments in technology certainly favour a planet of this nature for the future but what you think? Is the sacrifice of natural resources in the present worth the technological advancements in the future? Let us know in the comments below!
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