Solar Impulse partners with Google, plans to fly around the world on solar energy in 2015

Solar Impulse and Google Larry Page
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The Solar Impulse team has found a new partner with a lot to offer, both when it comes to technology and money. Last Spring, Google CEO Larry Page went to see the solar plane when it came to California and apparently he was impressed enough to decide that this was a project he wanted to back with his company. Google is now officially a "Official Internet Technology Partner" of Solar Impulse, and this means that their future flights should be even easier to follow online: "Applications such as Google Earth, Google Glass, Google Hangouts, Google+ and YouTube will provide our supporters with the necessary tools to follow each step of the 2015 adventure."

Solar Impulse© Solar Impulse

This summer the Solar Impulse team flew across the United States, from San Francisco (California) to Phoenix (Arizona), to Dallas (Texas) to St. Louis (Missouri) followed by a short pit stop in Cincinnati (Ohio) before continuing to Washington D.C. and New York City. The trip took 2 months and they touched down in JFK airport on July 13th.

Their next major goal is to circumnavigate the globe in the northern hemisphere, with 4-5 stopovers along the way, in 2015.

Solar Impulse© Solar Impulse / Jean Revillard

You can follow their adventures on social media on their Google+ page.

Via MNN, Solar Impulse

See also: Solar Impulse completes historic sun-powered flight across USA by landing at JFK airport

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