Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Solar-powered plane to begin historic Pacific crossing


After an unplanned stop in Japan, multiple delays, scrubbed flights and last-minute repairs, a solar-powered airplane will embark on its historic Pacific crossing from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii, starting Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. EDT

For the roughly 120-hour nonstop flight, the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft — which is shaped like a giant dragonfly and relies 100% on solar power to charge lithium ion batteries and turn its propellors — pilot André Borschberg will be operating from a tiny, unpressurized cabin

The plane made an unscheduled stop at Nagoya Airport in Japan on June 1 after forecasts showed deteriorating weather over the Pacific while the aircraft was en route to Hawaii from Nanjing, China Read more...

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