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Solar Impulse takes off Friday

Original post made on May 2, 2013

The world's first solar-powered aircraft capable of flying overnight begins its cross-country journey Friday, taking off from Moffett Field shortly after dawn.

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Posted by Awesome
a resident of North Whisman
on May 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

This is a great project and it's an honor to have it in Mountain View.

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Posted by Mr Advice
a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm

GOOD LUCK hope all goes OK!! It really is History in the making. Once again Mountain View is ground zero for the cutting edge of technology.

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Posted by Solar plexus
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on May 3, 2013 at 8:57 am

I saw it take off. Fantastic.

Live in-flight video and telemetry data:
Web Link

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Posted by Deniece
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 3, 2013 at 2:12 pm

You mean, began, not begins. Please give us news when we can actually do something about go see what you're talking about. We've had comets the day after, this the day after, and lots of meetings the day after. How about the day before?

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Posted by Nick V
Mountain View Voice Staff Writer
on May 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm

Nick V is a registered user.

Hi Deniece,

The story was posted yesterday (Thursday, May 2). Sorry you didn't see it til today.

Thanks for reading,

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 3, 2013 at 2:17 pm

I agree with Deniece. I read MV Online everyday and if it had been in yesterday's edition, I would have been out there this morning to see it take off. As it was, I heard about it on the radio, hours after they had departed.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 3, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Bon Voyage! Sorry I missed the departure, best of luck to the Solar Impulse team - they're making this very difficult feat look easy. Open cockpit, 20,000 feet and -20 degrees in a fragile aircraft.

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Posted by DC
a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 5, 2013 at 8:56 am

The Voice is great at telling you what is happening a day after. Uploaded: Thursday, May 2, 4:06 PM but the Flight is May 3 @ 6 AM
However there was limited viewing space and the field was not open to the public.