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History-making solar airplane lands in NYC

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 David Gilford, Assistant Director, Center for Economic Transformation

Photo: David Gilford, Assistant Director, Center for Economic Transformation   

By Luke Clause, Project Manager, Center for Economic Transformation

History was made in NYC on July 6, 2013, when Solar Impulse landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport, becoming the first aircraft to fly across the United States using only solar power. Designed to inspire innovation and show the capabilities of clean technologies, the Solar Impulse can fly continuously day and night, storing solar energy in batteries for overnight flight.

Pilots and co-founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg visited NYC last month during New York Energy Week, recognizing NYC's importance in innovation and as a leading market for clean technology. Likewise, Solar Impulse chose NYC as their transcontinental flight's final destination, wanting to share their innovative spirit with likeminded folks: New Yorkers!

The Solar Impulse will be on display free to the public this weekend at JFK Airport. Please register for either Saturday, July 13th or Sunday, July 14th if you'd like to be a part of this historic event!

For more information on the project and its mission, please visit the Solar Impulse website. For information on solar and energy innovation in NYC, please visit the NYCEDC Clean Technology & Energy website.

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