Solar plane pioneer prepares for US takeoff Summary: Solar airplane developer Solar Impulse has planned a flight from San Francisco to New York in another step in its quest to provide low-cost, eco-friendly air travel. By Andy Smith | March 28, 2013 -- 19:27 GMT (12:27 PDT) Previous | Next Image 6 of 15 (Image: Solar Impulse) Soaring A view from the top, where you can see the black solar panels. Topics: Nasa / Space, Travel Tech Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.