Solar-powered aircraft – industry saviour?

Last month we wrote about the unveiling of the Solar Impulse solar-powered aircraft – an inspiring project that could be part of the solution for an industry that “has been battered from all directions since the financial system nearly collapsed in September, ” as described in the International Herald Tribune on July 14, 2009.

As Bertrand Piccard, President and Initiator of the project said on the day of the unveiling, “We all share the same human values, the same spirit for a more sustainable future.  Protecting the environment is vital.  But it should also be profitable. Otherwise, nobody is going to commit himself to find the solutions and to change something in this world.”

Is Solar Impulse a sustainable, but profitable solution that could help a “struggling” industry?

Watch a clip of the Solar Impulse unveiling day by clicking here.