Solar Power Going the Distance! Literally.

Solar powered cars are something of the past, old news, been there done that. Shocking, I know. But I bet you’ve never thought about a solar powered airplane! Nope, I can’t say that I have either. In fact, when researching the new/old technology behind blimp ships and space shuttles capturing asteroids, one overlooks the thought of solar energy powering any of these vessels.

YES! They did it! The brilliant among us created solar powered fliers, and without any of us demanding it either! But then again who would want to fly Air Japan on solar energy and find themselves stuck in overcast for 12 hours, that’d be a big uh oh. Lets not “fly” ahead of ourselves just yet.

Solar Impulse has created just that miracle plane we are talking about. The Solar Impulse HB-S1A has a wingspan of 208 ft. and weighs only 3,500 lbs, not all too heavy because of its carbon fiber structure, and most of the weight comes from the solar panels. It was able to attain an altitude of 30,300 feet and stayed aloft for a record 26 hours, 10 minutes, and 19 seconds at an average flying speed of 43 mph. In fact, the plane continued to fly throughout the night on energy stored in the day.

This HB-S1A vessel was actually a prototype and in 2015 Solar Impulse plans to launch Solar Impulse HB-S1B which is expected to circumnavigate the Earth. I think the coolest thing about this newer model is that it will incorporate nanotechnology to help with battery storage. I am always excited about prospective new technology and its uses!

Can you imagine the implications of an airplane that flies on solar power? The cost reduction in substituting jet fuel for something easily attained on a clear day? How about just the thought of solar power being so effectively researched and put into use that our government will be forced to use it as an alternative source of power?! On a bad note, those poor birds; they don’t even stand a chance with more things in the air…  At least we can say that we got all the needed Vitamin D for the day when taking one of these bad boys out for a spin! Move over solar salamanders! Your’re yesterdays news.




Solar Impulse – HB-S1A

Solar Impulse – HB-S1B

Time: Solar Powered Plane flies around US

Wondergressive: Blimps

Wondergressive: Capture an Asteroid

Wondergressive: Fly Away Home

Wondergressive: The Drones are Coming

Wondergressive: Vitamin D Deficiency

Wondergressive: Solar Salamander

The Road Rage is Strong With This One

You are driving down the road to the nearest grocery store to get some bread. You slow down as you get to a yellow traffic light and the person behind you slams on their brakes thinking they would have made the yellow no problem. Alas, you are now the victim of something very serious: ROAD RAGE, also known as intermittent explosive disorder.

Then again, at some point in your life you were undoubtedly that person braking or flipping out at another driver for something “stupid” they had done. According to

Aggressive drivers routinely:

  • Tailgate
  • Use their horn
  • Flash their headlights
  • Change lanes quickly and often
  • Gesture to other drivers
  • Talk on their cell phone

Shockingly, 1500 people a year are seriously injured or killed in senseless traffic disputes. It doesn’t help that most of us, myself included, are likely texting while driving or talking on their cell phone, causing all kinds of traffic violations. This adds to the already amassing multitude of cars which unfortunately leads to traffic buildups (although clearly there are other factors involved this is one that could be realistically avoided). In essence, with all the distractions in our daily life, WE directly create those aggressive drivers.

And so what? I know, I’ll just be passive and let all the other drivers be aggressive, that wont affect me… WELL! Aggressive drivers will undoubtedly cut you off if you are swerving while texting or not paying attention to the road or simply being a passive, safe driver, and this action of cutting someone off is one of the most aggravating experiences of driving. The Center for Addiction and Mental Health, or CAMH, has yielded some interesting results from accumulated online reporting participants. It seems that:

Cutting in and weaving, speeding, and hostile displays are among the top online complaints posted by drivers.

You mean that person I just cut off will go home to blog about it? They will go and write a Wondergressive article pertaining to it with hopes that a chain reaction occurs and eventually drivers become more aware and respectful of their fellow drivers? And I wonder why I Rage on the Road so much. Too many shattered hopes and dreams.

As recommended by, if you can’t help your Road Rage then ease it by venting:

Talk to a friend or family member about the driving experience―telling the story can relieve your stress. Some driving clubs or online discussions offer members a chance to vent their frustration.

I admit it, I am a prime example of someone suffering from intermittent explosive disorder. I truly cannot wait to trade in my car for a shiny brand new blimp! Life would just be so much easier. No traffic, no a-holes to cut you off, no worries about cops and obeying the rules of the road, no speed limits or traffic lights. Only those damn birds to watch out for. That, and the bad weather/gusts of wind that you are likely to encounter. Let’s not forget about the other a-holes with their brand new blimps. ARGH! GET OUT OF MY WAY ALREADY!

I believe the best way to limit anger/traffic/congestion/violations is to put into act a proposal that one of my managers laid out for me. He suggests that anyone who causes traffic or gets in an accident and is solely at fault for the accident should have to get in front of everyone on TV and/or in a public setting and give a formal apology. Let’s see how many people risk going on the freeway while texting or using their cell phone THEN! Cheers!



NBCnews: Road Rage gets medical diagnosis

DMV: Road Rage: How to Deal with It

AAA Foundation: Aggressive Driving

Science Direct: Texting While Driving

Science Direct: Dialling and Driving

Center for Addiction and Mental Health, or CAMH

CAMH: Cutting In and Weaving Irritates Drivers

Wondergressive: Save the Food Pyramid

Wondergressive: Blimps are the Future!

Wondergressive: Fly Away Home

Blimps are the Future!


Aeros Corp in southern California is developing an Aeroscraft which resembles a blimp in technology and appearance. These neat nifty new age airships have the ability to climb vertically in altitude to a desired height of up to 12,000 feet and can travel horizontally at 222 km/hour or roughly 134 miles/hour. AerosCorp is working on different models that can lift from 20 tons to 500 tons of equipment! These airships have an eerie UFO look to them, since, well they really are unidentified as of yet.

aeroscraft-diagramStill in development, the ultimate goal of these airships is to carry military cargo using roughly a third of the fuel of a conventional cargo plane. The Aeroscraft, measuring at only 230 feet long, is built so efficiently it is able to manuever easily through the sky and land anywhere from a landing pad to a parking lot. A prototype is set to fly this year and a full sized Aeroscraft will set out in 2016.

Without the modern day limitations of an airport, you can land this Aeroscraft anywhere hilly and resupply a village with equipment. Help out that local revolution without being slowed down by travel on the ground. And for those with lots of money? How about a vessel for all your fortune as you travel the world? Think Casino in the Sky! Training facility on the way to that big sports event! Scenic sky cruise of the Himalayas! Or maybe Blitzball brought to reality in the sky. I’d name mine “Plane to Sea”.

The future is NOW! Or rather, it has been? Only better! But similar.