Sponsor Message:
Civil Aviation Forum
My Starred Topics | Profile | New Topic | Forum Index | Help | Search 
Do You Think This Is Possible?  
User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2866 times:

This project has been going on for at least 2years. Bertrand Piccard, first man to have achieved circumnavigating the world in a balloon with Brian Jones wants to circumnavigate the earth with a solar plane...here are more info


http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/aviation/1701581.html


A man without the knowledge of his past history,culture and origins is like a tree without roots
2 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineOly720man From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 6756 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2833 times:

Anything is possible. I think that it will all depend on having enough battery charge during the day to give enough power in the dark to keep the motors running.

If he has to fly around the equator then he'll have 12 hours of dark and 12 hours of light, or thereabouts. Further north or south.... is that really flying round the world?



wheat and dairy can screw up your brain
User currently offlineHAJFlyer From Switzerland, joined Sep 2005, 1473 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2809 times:

"Another drawback of the airplane's low speed is that a trip around the world could take as long as 15 days. More time aloft means more food, water and supplies are needed"

"By the time each day dawns, Solar Impulse will have sunk to just 10,000 to 15,000 ft.--below the altitude at which clouds commonly form. If sunrise finds Solar Impulse struggling along beneath heavy cloud cover, it will be Game Over."

Let me get this straight:

- 40 hp
- 30 mph
- 15 days
- need for constant good weather
- massive payload restrictions
- today's battery technology

I don't think it will happen any time soon in spite of the massive advances in solar cell technology that have occurred recently. If we ever get light weight high capacity batteries he might stand a chance, but until then I am somewhat sceptical.

Nevertheless it would be great if Switzerland did mange to write aviation history one again.


Top Of Page
Forum Index

This topic is archived and can not be replied to any more.

Printer friendly format

Similar topics:More similar topics...
Do You Think This Is Correct? posted Wed Mar 9 2005 19:16:03 by CVGpilot
A380-800? Do You Think This Is An Error? posted Thu Jun 21 2001 08:21:52 by Lax
Do You Think This Will Fly? posted Fri Oct 21 2005 00:55:56 by Air380
Do You Think There Is A Dwnloadable Timetable For. posted Sun Oct 6 2002 18:31:37 by Deltadude8
How Much Do You Think This Cost? posted Sun Jun 2 2002 18:28:00 by Delta777-XXX
Do You Think This Picture Has An Odd Look To It? posted Sun May 20 2001 13:30:22 by 757PF
What Do You Think This Plane Was? posted Sat Aug 5 2000 16:57:32 by Dandy_don
RDU Fans - What Do You Think About This? posted Tue Jun 15 2004 18:36:43 by FlyPIJets
What Do You Think Will Happen In This Industry? posted Wed May 19 2004 05:21:16 by Klwright69
What Do You Think Of This Paintscheme? posted Thu Feb 26 2004 04:40:23 by BA