Mountain View Voice

News - April 19, 2013

Community brief

Prescription take-back event

The Mountain View Fire Department is offering residents the opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The event will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Police/Fire Administration Building located at 1000 Villa St.

Pills brought to the event should be poured out of their plastic bottles and into zip-loc bags, in order to reduce non-medication material that will be incinerated. Liquid medication should remain tightly sealed in their original containers. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted.

Anyone unable to make the event but are looking for a disposal location may visit savesfbay.org/pharmaceutical-disposal-sites. For additional information contact Carrie Sandahl at (650) 903-6224.

Solar Impulse open house

Tickets quickly sold out for a public viewing this weekend of the Solar Impulse aircraft at Moffett Field.

After assembling their solar-powered plane at Moffett Field and working out the kinks in the skies above the Bay Area, the team behind the Impulse said it was ready to lift the curtain — inviting the community to come and get close to the aircraft, which is capable of flying both day and night using energy harvested entirely from the sun.

Space was very limited for the free event, which was announced on April 15 and is scheduled for Saturday, April 20, at Moffett Field. By April 17, it was totally booked.

The Impulse, a carbon fibre plane, with a skin composed almost entirely of solar panels, has a wingspan of 208 feet — equivalent to that of a Boeing 747 — but weighs only 3,527 lbs, about the weight of a small car. About a quarter of the weight is accounted for by the plane's batteries, which are able to store up enough energy to keep the plane flying all the way through the night.

Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, the Swiss co-founders leading the project, say that they want to inspire people with the Impulse. Even though a solar-powered commercial plane is a long way off, Piccard told the Voice, he hopes the project will create excitement around solar technology, which he believes is underutilized.

Nick Veronin

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