6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

CNET News Video: Solar plane that can fly at night begins cross-country trip

About Video Transcript

CNET News Video: Solar plane that can fly at night begins cross-country trip

1:44 /

The first plane to fly day and night on solar power took off Friday from Moffett Field in California, headed across the U.S. Two pilots will take turns flying 20-hour stretches apiece on the 5-leg trip, ending at New York's JFK Airport in early July. The Solar Impulse HB-SIA aircraft has the wingspan of a jumbo jet but the weight of a car, and will travel about 40 miles an hour.

-So now, without day, we're trying to do this, but on solar power with no fuel, with the first airplane that is able to fly day and night just on solar power. So, it's a fabulous way, I believe, to promote clean technologies, to show what our world could do if we're really applying these technologies everywhere in our world. We have to understand that the technologies we have on board, if they were globally used everywhere, also on the ground, could help our world to divide by two: its energy consumption, and provide half of the rest with renewable sources. -At the beginning, when we started to fly this airplane, we had-- it was not too difficult to fly. It was very difficult to land because we were over-correcting, we wanted to be in total control of what this airplane was doing, and because of being impatient, we were always over-reacting. We had to learn that we need to slow down our wheel, if I can put it this way. And when we understood that, it started to be feasible, and that was the time to do the first flight.

New releases

How to send Group Messages in Twitter
1:33 January 29, 2015
Learn how to hold private conversations with one or more people on Twitter, and then how to escape them.
Play video
SkyBell's smart buzzer puts outdoor security into focus
2:34 January 29, 2015
It isn't perfect, but this $200 Wi-Fi-enabled video bell will do more to protect your front door.
Play video
Quickly turn off the iPhone flashlight
0:49 January 29, 2015
Donald Bell shows you an alternative, faster way to switch off your iPhone's flashlight feature.
Play video
Fitbit Charge HR folds heart rate into its everyday fitness band
1:46 January 29, 2015
All-day heart rate tracking, and it doesn't cost much more than the old Fitbit Charge. The question is, do you need it?
Play video
This high-concept LED gets high marks
2:00 January 29, 2015
Don't let the hollow look fool you -- Green Creative's BR30 Cloud LED is a solid performer.
Play video
Super Bowl a no-drone zone, while ads swarm on social
2:57 January 29, 2015
Facebook will target users with real-time ads during the biggame and the FAA warns against flying drones near the stadium on Sunday....
Play video
What's new on Netflix and Amazon for February 2015
2:09 January 29, 2015
Find out what you should add to your watch list because these videos are either brand new or going offline very soon.
Play video
Racer by day, getaway driver by night: Meet Roy James
14:55 January 29, 2015
Roy "The Weasel" James was a true racing driver but to fund his habit he turned to a life of crime. Find out how he outran the Fuzz...
Play video