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New York, Geneva (AirGuideBusiness - Aerospace & Defense News - Technology Europe) May 26, 2013

Solar Impulse Pilot-journalist discusses solar flight . Pilot-journalist Jason Paur of is featured on the Airplane Geeks Podcast discussing the sun-powered Solar Impulse airplane. Paur describes the experience of flying the plane, which has a 208-foot wingspan and weighs about 3,500 pounds. May 23, 2013

Solar Impulse Altran Preparing the Route for the Solar Impulse Trans-American Flight. Solar Impulse has taken up yet another challenge in preparation of its 2015 round-the-world flight; to cross the United States, from coast to coast, this spring. For the Altran teams, as Engineering Partner of the Solar Impulse, the opportunity of accompanying the solar plane on a fuel-free mission spanning more than 5,000km is yet another highly motivating challenge. Within the context of their mission, the teams will have to make strategic flight planning decisions to take into account the chaotic and highly diversified US landscape, with its mountain ranges, open plains, coastal areas and desert regions, as well as dealing with complex weather conditions. This is why, even before take-off, the work that Altran carries out in close collaboration with meteorologists, is of vital importance in determining the flight-path possibilities open to the solar plane. In order to get the "go" or "no go" for flight...

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