It’s a Bird! It’s a Star! It’s a Plane?
Imagine if you were living 20 years from now, when airplane tickets are a fraction of the cost today. Think about boarding a plane that didn’t need any jet fuel. Does it seem outrageous? Actually that future is closer than ever. In 2013, two pilots flew a cross country trip across the United States on a solar-powered plane.
- Research online the inner workings of a solar cell. How is sunlight converted into energy?
- How many cells were needed to power the plane?
- What are advantages and disadvantages of using all solar power?
- How do you think the plane can operate at night? (Hint: think electric motors and batteries)