Solar Plane: First Runway Test

The test saw the Solar Impulse take some slow steps down the runway using four solar-powered electric motors. The plane taxied without landing gear — just like in a normal takeoff. Now that the runway test was successful, the Solar Impulse team will taxi to takeoff speed and let the plane take off for some short “hops” in the air. Full-fledged flight tests will begin next year.

more here.


  1. #1 NewEnglandBob
    November 24, 2009

    Very nice. The four motors looked to be pretty powerful.

  2. #2 Jim Thomerson
    November 25, 2009

    Here is another interesting video of a solar powered aircraft.