Breaking Energy spoke to André Borschberg, pilot of the solar-powered plane Solar Impulse, while he was in-flight on Friday about what his demonstration project may mean for the future of solar aviation. Borschberg, Solar Impulse project co-founder and chief executive, explained that using solar energy to power flight is something that captures the imagination. “It… Keep reading →
A billion dollars of investment later, US engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has begun flight testing its PurePower Geared Turbofan Engines. The new technology lowers fuel consumption, noise signature, greenhouse gas emissions and maintenance costs.
“The engine used a lot less fuel than we expected, we had to adjust the fuel load for the next flight,” Marc Kirner, Director of Flight Operations for Pratt & Whitney Canada told reporters at a recent media event in Hartford, Connecticut. Keep reading →