The inflatable hangar is 11 m high at its highest point to accommodate the Solar Impulse's tail (Photo: © Solar Impulse | Ackermann | Rezo.ch)
The 63.4 m long Solar Impulse settles down inside the 88 m long inflatable hangar in St. Louis (Photo: © Solar Impulse | Ackermann | Rezo.ch)
The inflatable hangar deployed for the first time to house the Solar Impulse in St. Louis (Photo: © Solar Impulse | Ackermann | Rezo.ch)
Finding hangars to house an aircraft with a wingspan greater than a Boeing 787 Dreamliner is no easy task when planning a round-the-world journey. That’s why the Solar Impulse team designed an inflatable mobile hangar to be used on the Solar Impulse’s planned 2015 circumnavigation of the globe. After a storm damaged the hangar that was to host the solar-powered aircraft at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, the team was forced to deploy the structure for the first time to keep the 2013 Across America mission on schedule.
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