Solar Impulse

Are electric airplanes actually a real thing?

With electrification spreading through many types of transport, one vehicle still remains largely absent in using electrons for propulsion: …

Autos

Electric plane no pie-in-the-sky idea

European aircraft maker Airbus has announced plans to develop and test the first commercial hybrid aircraft to be powered partly by electricity.An …

Solar Power

Electric planes and their role in the future of aviation

Air travel has long been an established way of life for millions around the world, but innovation continues to push the boundaries of what is …

Aviation

China tells Myanmar military it wants closer ties

BEIJING (Reuters) - China wants closer ties with Myanmar's military to help protect regional peace and security, a senior Chinese general told the visiting head of the southeast Asian country's army.<p>China and Myanmar have had close diplomatic and economic ties for years, and China has offered its …

Asia

Have we reached the peak of jet-age travel?

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Share via Email<br>• Pin to Pinterest<br>• Share on Google Plus<p>How will we fly tomorrow? Will it be in a windowless …

Airlines

Solar drone capable of quasi-perpetual flight tested in the Arctic

Researchers testing cutting-edge unmanned aerial vehicle technology went to the 24 hours a day sunlight of Greenland to power ‘perpetual’ solar drone flights.<p>The main goal of the project from the manufacturer’s perspective was to find a practical application of a solar-powered drone that could fly …

Drones

Pacific Drone Challenge™: 4500 Miles Across the Pacific – Non-Stop and Unmanned

Two competing teams from the United States and Japan will fly their drones across the Pacific Ocean to test the endurance and capability of their …

Drones

Top 10: See a calligraphy exhibition at Etihad Modern Art Gallery, catch a screening of Point of No Return with a talk by a pilot and crew member of Solar Impulse 2

<b>Abu Dhabi</b><p><b>Exhibition</b><p>See <i>Words Are Rain That Grow Flowers II</i>, a group calligraphy exhibition by contemporary artists in the classical Arabic art form. …

United Arab Emirates

Can Someone Design a Drone to Fly All the Way Across the Pacific?

It's the subject of a new challenge. No fuel stops, no pilots.<p>A new contest will aim to push the limits of commercial drone flight. The Pacific Drone Challenge hopes to offer a modern response to Charles Lindbergh by asking who can make the first non-stop, un-refueled and unmanned flight from Japan …

Drones

ANALYSIS: Helicopter developments continue despite downturn

Despite a sector downturn that is causing pain to all the major helicopter manufacturers the development of new products continues unabated. After …

Aerospace

Preparing for electric flight - Royal Aeronautical Society

In recent years the pace of change in new technology has often meant that standards and regulations have to be developed after the product or process …

Aerospace

Self-fuelled hydrogen boat begins 6-year round-the-world trip

<b>A former racing catamaran converted to be powered purely by renewable technologies has set off from Paris on a six year round the world voyage.</b>The …

Engineering

Self-sufficient hydrogen boat embarks on 6-year journey around the world

The world watched in anticipation as the groundbreaking Solar Impulse 2 plane circumnavigated the globe last year. Now, the “Solar Impulse of the …

Lifestyle

Five things you can do to save the planet

Here's how family size, how you travel and what you eat affect your carbon emissions.<p>Trying to minimise your impact on the environment might seem …

Sustainability

Energy Observer makes first stop on six-year journey powered by the sun, wind and hydrogen

The idea of a renewable energy-powered sea vessel isn't especially novel. After all, we've been traveling the seas for thousands of years under wind …

Energy

EGEB: US solar hardware manufacturing + hypocrisy, Bloomberg drops $200M on mayors, more

<i>Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news.</i><p>California Lawmakers Model an Electric Car Program After the State’s Successful Solar Initiative – <i>This bill would continuously appropriate $5 million each year from the Greenhouse</i> …

Renewable Energy

Solar Impulse CEO says this can make air transport cheaper, cleaner, quieter and safer

Electric propulsion technology can potentially make air transport cheaper, quieter, safer and more environmentally friendly, according to one of the …

Energy

Good Chemistry Solar Impulse Beer

It still might be behind the pace of the United States, but the craft beer scene in the UK continues to grow with some impressive offerings. One that …

Shopping

Paris Air Show: Decades of crazy, cool planes

A groundbreaking sun-powered airplane -- Solar Impulse -- thrilled crowds at Paris in 2011.<p>Although it's a single-seater, its wingspan is almost as wide as a 747-400. Five years later, a similar plane -- Solar Impulse 2 -- made history by finishing a 17-leg, 16-month journey around the world, …

Aviation

Swiss aviation pioneer brings electric flights into present

Tiny all-electric planes that can take off and land vertically - this sci-fi future is not that far away, and Solar Impulse pilot and co-founder …

Aviation

Swiss in Texas, high-tech planes and the wolf saga

Here are some of the stories we will feature in the week beginning on June 12, 2017.<p>As part of our series on Swiss people living abroad, we profile a …

European News

5 Reasons To Visit EXPO 2017 Astana Now

Where were you when … Telephones and touchscreens, broadcast television and video conferencing, the x-ray and IMAX technologies are among the vital innovations first presented to the public at the World’s Fairs. Many things have changed since the initial <i>Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of</i> …

Solar Power

Meet the Stratolaunch Megaplane Taking Satellites Into Orbit

Since Orville and Wilbur Wright, founders have been trying to find ways to break the barriers of air travel. We’ve seen Boom Airlines looking to …

Aerospace

When will we see a Tesla of the skies?

Recently, Boeing and JetBlue Technology Ventures announced their funding for an electric regional aircraft made by aviation start-up Zunum. Judging …

Aerospace

Sana's smart sleep goggles for insomniacs will be out in 2018

These sleep googles by a company called Sana Health cost a lot more than your typical mask, but it promises peaceful sleep 10 minutes after you put them on. That's because they more than just block the light: they have mechanisms inside that chunky, VR-headset-like frame that give them the power to …

Technology (India)

Sana Health aims to stop insomnia with smart goggles

When Solar Impulse pilot Bertrand Piccard set out to fly around the world in a plane that uses no fuel, he knew he wasn’t going to get much rest. During the journey, he would be able to sleep, at a maximum, three hours per day with rest meted out in twenty-minute intervals. The plane, which could …

Startups

Five takeaways from Sunday’s Swiss energy vote

On May 21, Swiss voters endorsed a new energy law that aims to promote renewable energy, ban new nuclear power plants and ensure lower energy …

European News

“There is big resistance to the energy transition in Switzerland”

Bertrand Piccard: My father and grandfather influenced me, but also all the people I met through them during my youth: astronauts, explorers, divers, …

Solar Power

New Solar Plane’s Next Target: Space

Geneva (AP) -- A group of Swiss adventurers say they have completed the first test flight of a new solar-powered airplane they hope will eventually …

Solar Power

New Swiss solar plane aspires to reach edge of space

GENEVA — A group of Swiss adventurers say they have completed the first test flight of a new solar-powered airplane they hope will eventually reach …

Solar Power