NOVA: The Impossible Flight DVD

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NOVA: The Impossible Flight In March 2015, Solar Impulse II launched the greatest aviation undertaking of our time: to be the first solar-powered airplane to fly around the world. It was a feat 12 years in the making, and was anything but a sure bet. NOVA follows intrepid pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg - two men bent on pushing ... More
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NOVA: The Impossible Flight In March 2015, Solar Impulse II launched the greatest aviation undertaking of our time: to be the first solar-powered airplane to fly around the world. It was a feat 12 years in the making, and was anything but a sure bet. NOVA follows intrepid pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg - two men bent on pushing the boundaries of human flight and proving renewable energy's potential. Along with a team of brilliant engineers, the two designed and built Solar Impulse from scratch - though top airplane manufacturers told them would be too big, too light, and impossible to control. NOVA follows the team as it overcomes seemingly insurmountable challenges to build and fly the first solar plane around the world.

Producer: Noel Dockstader, Quinn Kanaly, Melanie Wallace
Executive Producer: Ian Reinhard, Angus Macqueen, Dana Nachman, Chris Schmidt, Paula S. Aspell
Production Company: Far West Film Co.
Production Year: 2018
Copyright Year: 2018
Director: Noel Dockstader, Quinn Kanaly
Narrator: Lane West
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Language track: English
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Iman O.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
12/11/21
INCREDIBLE !!!
Review by Iman O. on 12/11/21 review stating INCREDIBLE !!!
I watched this 2-hour documentary on PBS last night (8 pm - 10 pm, January 31, 2018). It is a very well-told story of the amazing and inspiring 16-year project by a group of (60 ? 70 ?) people of many nationalities, academic and professional backgrounds who put in impossible amounts of time, skill and creativity to conceive, design, finance, build and fly a solar-powered (NO fossil fuel here) aircraft that they flew around the world. The airplane is as light as a feather, and because of the inviolable constraints of physics, operates on the razors edge between high altitude flight and utter disaster. People casually throw around the words technology and high-tech to describe everything from new transmogrifications of bovine milking machines to embarrassingly transparent internet scams like b**coin. Before anybody uses the term high-tech again, they should watch this documentary. THIS project represents the intersection of large doses of human creativity, ingenuity, imagination and courage, mixed with sunlight to produce an authentic example of what high technology really is. The varied and well-honed talents and competencies of the members of the team of scientists and engineers who built the plane and its support infrastructure are only outdone by the sheer coho--knees (no other way to put it) of the pilots who each, one at a time, put their lives on the line to successfully fly this diaphanous aircraft, solo, into the unforgiving void, crossing the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, Asia, North America and Europe while skillfully dodging the ubiquitous threats of weather and their own human limitations. Its an amazing tale. I just wish I could send a copy of this DVD to the department head of every university science and engineering program in the U.S. And, a copy to every member of Congress. But, of course, sending this to the latter group would be a waste of money and a fools errand.
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Donna M.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
This was aired on my local PBS station it was FANTASTIC!!!
Review by Donna M. on 07/17/20 review stating This was aired on my local PBS station it was FANTASTIC!!!
Liked it so much Im buying the DVD as a gift for my family so they can see it too. Thank you PBS for all your awesome programming - much appreciated! :)


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