A solar powered airplane that landed in St. Louis last Tuesday is scheduled to depart early tomorrow morning [Friday].
This will be the 4th leg of the aircraft’s cross-continental flight.
Solar Impulse was originally scheduled to fly directly from St. Louis to Washington DC. But because of strong winds the plane will make an additional stop in Cincinnati to allow the team to rest and switch pilots.
The plane’s 12,000 solar cells power it by day while recharging batteries that allow it to fly at night.
The use of alternative energies such as solar and wind is not new though advancements in technology and conversations about the effects of climate change are ongoing.
Many communities, including some in the St. Louis area, are making a big commitment to going green and utilizing solar energy with the encouragement of the Environmental Protection Agency. The Green Power Community Challenge includes Clayton and Creve Coeur.
Host Don Marsh led a discussion about the commercial and residential use of solar energy.
St. Louis will be a pit stop for the first solar-powered flight across America. It was announced Tuesday that Lambert Airport is one of five airports selected for Solar Impulse's cross-country flight.
"We are the city forever linked to Charles Lindbergh nearly 90 years ago," St. Louis mayor Francis Slay said. "This year we recognize that there are new milestones and advances to witness, and St. Louis will be part of that inspiring story."