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  • Vincent| 9:41 a.m. ET

    Good Bye!

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:41 a.m. ET

    Goodbye everyone! See you next time.

  • Comment from jummy| 9:41 a.m. ET

    this is great!!!!!!!!! i'm happy to withness this.

  • Kian Salehizadeh| 9:40 a.m. ET

    RT @MonicaNBCSD: Solar Impulse #Liftoff #LiveDesk pic.twitter.com/N1f96eB7AP

  • Ela Borschberg| 9:40 a.m. ET

    As with all mission flights, pilots André and Bertrand will be tweeting from the ground and from the air: follow them directly on their Twitter accounts @Andrborschberg and @Bertrandpiccard

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:40 a.m. ET

    Bookmark http://live.solarimpulse.com/ for more flight details and check out http://news.yahoo.com where we'll bring you the latest news and headlines from across the world.

  • Vincent| 9:39 a.m. ET

    @Karen. Our goal was to bring the plane to the Silicon Valley and show it to the USA, a country where innovation is the rule.

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:39 a.m. ET

    Thanks again readers for joining our Live Room as the Solar Impulse takes flight.

  • Comment from Keith Hathcock in Brandon, Mississippi, USA| 9:39 a.m. ET

    I truly believe that this type of aircraft is the cellphone tower of the future. Its height allows it to reach a tremendous area and stay above the storms. Its low proximity to the earth cuts down on the propagation delay that plagues satellites. Its ability to stay in the air for a very long time gives it the longevity it will need, and its ability to land will make it easy to maintain. It may sound expensive but after you count the cost of towers, it’s not so bad.

  • Ela Borschberg| 9:39 a.m. ET

    Thanks Karen! Mission Room in Switzlerand because the project comes form there! Cheers

  • Comment from Karen| 9:37 a.m. ET

    Thank you for all your hard work and effort!!! You're making history! This and the future of it is amazing! Is Mission Control in Switzerland? Why was CA chosen? Congrats on a successful take off. I'm glued to the computer ; )

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:37 a.m. ET

    Good plan guys. We have time for one last question before our guests have to go.

  • Vincent| 9:36 a.m. ET

    @Max. After the round the world flight we will have a lot of champagne!

  • Comment from Blake| 9:35 a.m. ET

    Well i got to go. Bye everyone.

  • Anne-Laure Perrier| 9:35 a.m. ET

    @Max: sure we will do that!

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:35 a.m. ET

    And having some fun and champagne in Switzerland too I hope.

  • Vincent| 9:34 a.m. ET

    @Max. We are organizing those stopovers cities to welcome the public to come and see the plane.

  • Solar Impulse | 9:34 a.m. ET

    RT @producermariel: View from the air of @solarimpulse plane leaving Moffett on #solarflight across US pic.twitter.com/YS4CD1E4FF
    #13SI

  • Vincent| 9:33 a.m. ET

    @Max. We plan to go next to Dallas, Saint-Louis, Washington DC and New-York.

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:33 a.m. ET

    Vincent, Anne-Laure, any closing thoughts? What do the days look like for you tomorrow and beyond your Across America trip?

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:32 a.m. ET

    And you can see all the flight height, speed and more: http://live.solarimpulse.com/

  • Vincent| 9:32 a.m. ET

    @Anne-Laure. Sure, I do that!

  • Anne-Laure Perrier| 9:32 a.m. ET

    @everyone: if you want to follow us all along our journey, you can register here: http://www.solarimpulse.com/join_us/

  • Vincent| 9:31 a.m. ET

    @Sam. Our baggage are the names of all the people who registered on our supporters program. We carry them on a USB key onto the cockpit.

  • Comment from Paul R| 9:31 a.m. ET

    Exciting to be part of this live.

  • Comment from Gary K| 9:31 a.m. ET

    Thank you for letting us be apart of this incredible part of history..

  • Anne-Laure Perrier| 9:31 a.m. ET

    @Randy: André and Bertrand got the idea of this name

  • Comment from Randy| 9:30 a.m. ET

    Who came up with the plane's name?

  • Comment from Sam| 9:30 a.m. ET

    Is there a baggage fee? :) Nice job!

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:30 a.m. ET

    Readers, any final questions or comments for our guests?

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:30 a.m. ET

    Hey readers, we're going to power down this chat and let Anne-Laure, Vincent and Ela focus on their flight plans. Thanks, Solar Impulse crew, for joining us from Switzerland!

  • Anne-Laure Perrier| 9:29 a.m. ET

    @guest: 21 000 feet

  • Comment from Cape Canaveral Pat| 9:29 a.m. ET

    Great job! Thank you.

  • Comment from guest| 9:29 a.m. ET

    What will the maximum altitude reached be?

  • Vincent| 9:29 a.m. ET

    @Mike. We are building a second plane, the one which will go round the world. This plane will be even wider, with more solar cells and more comfortable for the pilot.

  • Comment from Gage| 9:29 a.m. ET

    AWESOME..... Can't wait to see the future.......

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:29 a.m. ET

    You can see more instrumentation here: http://live.solarimpulse.com/

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:28 a.m. ET

    For readers asking about altitude, the plane is at 1,745 feet high

  • Comment from Mike| 9:27 a.m. ET

    amazing! can't wait to see the future improvments!

  • Comment from William JE Irwin| 9:27 a.m. ET

    Good Job Guys :-)

  • Comment from Janet Kathleen Selset Nelson| 9:26 a.m. ET

    This is very exciting saw the take off...San Francisco California....to Phoenix Arizona arivlal is slow tomorrow....I was very luck to see this.....

  • Vincent| 9:26 a.m. ET

    @Mike. We are trying to show that we can achieve the impossible thanks to pioneering spirit.

  • Comment from Mike| 9:26 a.m. ET

    Another step for mankind, hope we don't waste it.

  • Comment from Mark G| 9:25 a.m. ET

    Exciting stuff... makes me hate my job even more!

  • Vincent| 9:25 a.m. ET

    @ Guest. Because the Sun did not yet reached the solar cells.

  • Comment from Kevin| 9:25 a.m. ET

    Excellent and interesting tech at work. Useful for drones but I can't see it useful in powering humans in our lifetimes. What else might it be used for?

  • Comment from Guest| 9:24 a.m. ET

    cool widgets on the live page but errmmm...why is the solar generator still reading 0?

  • Vincent| 9:24 a.m. ET

    @Jeff. The main landing gear retracts, not the rear wheel.

  • Anne-Laure Perrier| 9:24 a.m. ET

    @German: engines purely electrics, it's a zero fuel airplane

  • Vincent| 9:23 a.m. ET

    @Danny. Indeed! In two years, when going round the world we will try to Lindbergh's flight and cross the Atlantic. Back in 1927!

  • Comment from German| 9:23 a.m. ET

    Is there any fuel at all?? Are the engines purely electric??

  • Comment from Karen| 9:23 a.m. ET

    Now I know what it must of been like to see the Wright Brothers first flight! Congrats!

  • Comment from Jeff| 9:23 a.m. ET

    Does the landing gear retract?

  • Comment from Doug Waters| 9:23 a.m. ET

    OMG! Beautiful! Nicely done!

  • Vincent| 9:22 a.m. ET

    @ PJ. No, we need to take-off early and land at night to avoid traffic from airports and avoid turbulence, thermos and cross wind.

  • Comment from Danny| 9:22 a.m. ET

    Reminds me of Wright Brothers, but look at aviation 100 years later.

  • Comment from Mike101| 9:22 a.m. ET

    @Ryan: way cooler, because that is USEFUL :-)

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:22 a.m. ET

    For folks who are asking about the plane's instrumentation, scroll down on http://live.solarimpulse.com/ to see air speed, heading, altitude, battery power, solar charge and more.

  • Comment from PJ| 9:21 a.m. ET

    Great technology...but 19 hours from CA. to AZ? Is it stuck in LA traffic?

  • Anne-Laure Perrier| 9:21 a.m. ET

    @Jeann: only Swiss Made :-)

  • Comment from C Moore| 9:21 a.m. ET

    I'm probably going to be asleep by the time this aircraft lands (due to the estimated landing time being midnight Mountain Time), so here's hoping you guys have a safe flight and a safe landing. Good luck and great job!

  • Comment from Jeanne| 9:21 a.m. ET

    This is great. Is this Swiss made or American or both

  • Anne-Laure Perrier| 9:20 a.m. ET

    @Bryan: a video about "bathrooms" will soon be revealed, he has everything he needs to drink and eat

  • Comment from Ryan| 9:20 a.m. ET

    This is as cool as the redbull guy jumping from the stratosphere

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:20 a.m. ET

    For readers asking, airspeed is about 45 mph. More detail available here: http://news.yahoo.com/solar-powered-plane-set-first-cross-country-flight-100540741.html

  • Comment from Cornie| 9:19 a.m. ET

    This is wonderful! Hope it's cost effective enough to have it for commercial purpose.

  • Comment from Dr P| 9:19 a.m. ET

    This is a great invention...

  • Comment from Zach| 9:19 a.m. ET

    Very cool. Makes me think about where we'll be in a few more years. Looks like a flying stick bug! ha Congrats on all the hard work

  • Comment from Bryan| 9:18 a.m. ET

    How will the pilot "use the bathroom, eat, and drink

  • Comment from O Lorenz| 9:18 a.m. ET

    Its a tail dragger.

  • Vincent| 9:18 a.m. ET

    @Terry. The landing gear is to protect the tail of the plane and allows us to land.

  • Comment from Terry Donnelly| 9:16 a.m. ET

    please explain landing gear in the rear of plane

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:16 a.m. ET

    (or this slideshow: http://www.scientificamerican.com/slideshow.cfm?id=solar-powered-airplane-slide-show&WT.mc_id=SA_syn_Yahoo)

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:16 a.m. ET

    Thanks Vincent. For folks just joining us, check out this primer on the Solar Impulse: http://news.yahoo.com/solar-powered-plane-set-first-cross-country-flight-100540741.html

  • Vincent| 9:15 a.m. ET

    @Max. We will high-five we the plane lands in Phoenix! And enjoying the nice video right now.

  • Comment from Becky| 9:15 a.m. ET

    I feel like I did watching the astronauts take off for the first time

  • Vincent| 9:15 a.m. ET

    @Aviad. We are only funded by private companies

  • Anne-Laure Perrier| 9:15 a.m. ET

    @Jouanacom: LIVE

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:15 a.m. ET

    Hey Vincent, what's the mood like in Switzerland? Are you guys high fiving one another?

  • Jason Gilbert| 9:15 a.m. ET

    @Jounacom: This is LIVE!

  • Comment from Jounacom| 9:14 a.m. ET

    Is this going on right now? or is it pre recorded?

  • Comment from Aviad| 9:14 a.m. ET

    Who is paying for this? Government or private?

  • Comment from Tracey| 9:14 a.m. ET

    This is SO cool! It looks like a dragonfly! :)

  • Comment from Carlos Jaime| 9:14 a.m. ET

    Hope solar energy will be our near future

  • Comment from chris| 9:14 a.m. ET

    So its using batteries now and then the sun the longer it travels?

  • Vincent| 9:14 a.m. ET

    @Fred And this is only the beginnning!

  • Comment from John| 9:13 a.m. ET

    What a beautiful sight!

  • Comment from Fred| 9:13 a.m. ET

    whoa!!!!! this is crazy!!!!!!

  • Comment from Marco Martinez| 9:13 a.m. ET

    Very nice congratulations guys! Good Luck and Godspeed!

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:13 a.m. ET

    With the sun rising over the SF, that exterior shot is beautiful.

  • Comment from Josh Young| 9:12 a.m. ET

    I WANNA RIDE THAT PLANE ;)

  • Vincent| 9:12 a.m. ET

    @Becky 200 ft

  • Comment from ed| 9:12 a.m. ET

    making history!!!

  • Comment from KLB| 9:12 a.m. ET

    Go Solar plane, go!!!!

  • Anne-Laure Perrier| 9:12 a.m. ET

    @Becky: less than 100 m

  • Comment from ian| 9:12 a.m. ET

    This is so cool!

  • Anne-Laure Perrier| 9:12 a.m. ET

    Take off right now!

  • Comment from Geoffries| 9:12 a.m. ET

    Here we go!

  • Comment from Becky| 9:12 a.m. ET

    How much take-off room does it need

  • Max Zimbert, Yahoo! News| 9:12 a.m. ET

    The video you're seeing is live from Northern California. We are moments away from takeoff an another historic moment.

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