The Solar Impulse team has announced that the completion of its
round-the-world solar flight will now be postponed until next April. The
batteries of the Solar Impulse 2 solar-powered aircraft sustained
damage as the aircraft ascended to an optimal energy-management
altitude of 28,000 ft (8,534 m) on the first day of its
ambitious Japan-to-Hawaii flight. It
is believed that a high rate of climb coupled with over-insulation of
the gondolas resulted in irreversible overheating damage to the aircraft's
Flying around the world on only the power of the sun turns out to be more of a stop-and-go affair than even the team behind Solar Impulse 2
may have guessed. The solar-powered, single-pilot aircraft began
circling the globe from Abu Dhabi back in March, but must now remain in
Hawaii until early August. While Swiss pilot and Solar Impulse
co-founder André Borschberg survived a record-breaking
five-day flight from Nagoya, Japan to Oahu with just minimal sleep, SI2's batteries didn't all fare so well without rest.
Solar Impulse 2 has landed in Hawaii after completing its record-breaking
longest leg of the Round the World Solar Flight, that began last March
in Abu Dhabi. With pilot André Borschberg at the controls, the
solar-powered, single-pilot aircraft touched down today at Kalaeloa
Airport just west of Honolulu on the island of Oahu at 5:55 HAST (15:55
Solar Impulse 2 has started smashing records even before the longest leg of its round-the-world flight is complete. At around three quarters of the way to its next touch down in Hawaii, the single-pilot aircraft has broken the world records for longest distance and duration for solar aviation, with the record for longest ever solo flight of any kind thrown in for good measure.
The Solar Impulse team reports that the aircraft is making an unscheduled stopover in Nagoya, Japan. The plan was to cross a weather front just before Hawaii on solar day 5, but the latest forecasts looked grim so the decision was made to land and wait for better weather conditions.
With Swiss pilot André Borschberg at the controls, the solar-powered, single-pilot Solar Impulse 2 airplane took off from Nanjing Lukou Airport in China today bound for Hawaii on the longest leg of its round-the-world flight. But this isn't just a major leg of the Solar Impulse 2 solar-powered circumnavigation, it is also an attempt at the longest duration flight ever by a solo pilot in any type of aircraft.
The Solar Impulse 2 solar-powered airplane may have only just begun its attempt at a round-the-world flight
, but it's already broken a world record. By traveling from Muscat, Oman to Ahmedabad, India, it broke the Solar Impulse team's previous record for longest solar-powered straight distance flight between predeclared waypoints.
A pair of Swiss explorers have begun a mission to circumnavigate the globe via air and sun. A take-off twelve years in the making, the experimental Solar Impulse 2 plane left Abu Dhabi at 7:12 a.m. local time, bound for Muscat, Oman, on the first leg in a journey that will require 25 days in the air spread over a period of roughly 5 months.
In anticipation of its historic round-the-world flight attempt, the route planned for Solar Impulse 2
(Si2) has been unveiled. The first solar-powered plane capable of day and night flight, the Si2 will spend 25 days aloft spread over a period of five months as it traverses 35,000 km (22,000 mi) with stops at 12 locations around the globe.