Posts Tagged ‘solar’


Jan20

Solar-powered aircraft plans to fly around world

2015 at 01:04 pm by admin | Comments Off

ArticleSolarPlane

The world’s most energy-efficient aircraft is hoping to make history by completing the first ever flight around the world without using a single drop of fuel! The Solar Impulse 2 is an aircraft that runs off of the light of the sun, and is the product of years of research and innovations in clean fuel and solar panels. The upcoming event, which is slated to begin at the end of February, will send the single-seat Solar Impulse 2 on a global expedition, traveling nearly 21,800 miles over the span of 5 months. The plane will stay in the air for a duration of 25 days, and will land at 12 different locations for maintenance. The co-founders of the Solar Impulse 2, Betrand Piccard and André Borschberg, hope that the flight will not only break records, but will also raise awareness and support for clean technology. As for the flight itself, the Solar Impulse 2 will launch from Abu Dhabi and land in several countries around the world, including three stops in the United States!

Sep25

Facebook planes to spread Wi-Fi worldwide

2014 at 03:03 pm by admin | Comments Off

ArticleFacebookDrone

Internet social website Facebook recently detailed its plans to spread Wi-Fi internet connectivity worldwide through the use of large-scale drones. These plans come as a result of a merger with self-sustaining drone company Ascenta, whom had previously been experimenting with prototypes for large solar-powered drones. Facebook plans to use these drones, flying constantly at 60,000 to 90,000 feet above the surface, to bring Internet connectivity to people all across the world, especially in remote and unconnected countries and areas. The drones, which will be roughly the size of large jumbo jets like the 747, will be solar-powered and could potentially stay self-sustained and airborne for years at a time!




In order to announce the upcoming project, along with their partnership with Ascenta and telecommunications companies, a short video was released by Facebook earlier this year that hints at future prospects of the project, as well as giving us our first look at a prototype of the craft. Facebook has announced their plans to begin testing these vehicles in US airspace by 2015, with worldwide deployment in three to five years. While details on this project are slim, people across the world can look forward to constant access to the internet and integral services if these drones take flight!