Solar Impulse Founder Predicts Electric Passenger Plane
A bold prediction from the Solar Impulse guys -- solar-powered passenger aircraft on the way! Here's an excerpt:
The co-founder of a project that saw a solar-powered aircraft complete the first fuel-free flight around the world this year expects electric passenger planes to operate within a decade.
Bertrand Piccard, who along with fellow pilot Andre Borschberg founded Solar Impulse, also shrugged off concerns that US President-elect Donald Trump's appointment of a fossil fuel industry defender as his top environmental official could hamper global clean technology efforts.
Since completing their historic fuel-free flight in July, Mr Piccard and Mr Borschberg have been working on projects to show how the technologies used in their plane can be used in other applications.