TAG: Airflight

Solar Powered Air Travel

Solar Impulse 2013

With its huge wingspan equal to that of an Airbus A340 and its weight that of an average car, the Solar Impulse prototype presents physical and aerodynamic features never seen before in an aircraft. Carbon fiber structure, propulsion chain, flight instrumentation, everything has been designed to save energy, to resist the hostile conditions facing an airplane, and pilot, at high altitudes and to marry weight restraints with the required strength. The Solar Impulse uses no fuel. At midday, each square meter of land surface receives, in the form of light energy, the equivalent of 1000 watts, or 1.3 horsepower of… read more

Zeppelins Aloft!

Zeppelins Aloft

In the early 20th century, the innovative zeppelin airships were hailed as the future of flight, and made traversing the skies an exciting adventure for the masses. Then, following the tragic 1937 Hindenburg disaster, the industry all but vanished for 75 years. Today, a few airship companies are attempting a glorious comeback, and have transformed the tired old image of the zeppelin into something wonderfully new. Most are designed for cargo, others for pleasure. However, the newest variation of dirigibles are nothing like the iconic zeppelin we’re used to seeing. These hybrid airships are bigger, stronger, faster, and have more… read more