This Inflatable Aircraft Carrier Houses a Solar-Powered Wonder Plane

When you're flying around the world in a lightweight solar-powered plane with a wingspan larger than most commercial airliners, you need to guarantee you've always got a safe place to store it on the ground. So the support team behind the Solar Impulse, the world's first globe circumnavigating solar-powered aircraft,… » 6/05/13 2:08pm 6/05/13 2:08pm

Captain Piccard's Solar Powered Plane Flies, Kinda

Captain Bertrand Piccard's photovoltaic-powered plane "Solar Impulse" flew 1,148ft yesterday in Switzerland at three-foot altitudes. The 262-foot wingspan plane weighs 4,409lbs and has been under construction since 2003. The caveat? They were flying with battery-power assistance. Gallery below » 12/04/09 5:15pm 12/04/09 5:15pm