Published On: Mon, Jun 20th, 2016

Solar Impulse sets off on 90-hour Atlantic crossing

The first transatlantic solar and electric crossing with zero fuel and zero emissions; one of the toughest stages of its attempt to fly around the globe using solar energy; The record begans on 9 March 2015

Solar Impulse II flying over Golden Gate Bridge

 

The story about the amazing adventure of the pilot, a swiss psychiatrist,  Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg,  appears in Solar Impulse websit. The pair have set out to achieve something that still seems impossible today: the First Round-The-World Solar Flight, powered only by the sun, with no fuel or polluting emissions.
“In line with the Piccard Family tradition of scientific exploration and protection of the environment, Solar Impulse wants to demonstrate that clean technologies can achieve impossible goals.

The record breaking solo flight of 5 days and 5 nights without fuel from Nagoya to Hawaii gives a clear message : everybody could use the plane’s technologies on the ground to halve our world’s energy consumption, save natural resources and improve our quality of life. This message is being spread by the pilots to the general public, students, key decision-makers and entrepreneurs all over the world.”

Now Bertrand Piccard, will attempt to reach Seville in Spain in about 90 hours. It is the first ever attempt to cross the Atlantic in a purely solar-powered aircraft. While the plane is in flight Piccard takes short naps.

The Atlantic crossing will be “the longest distance we have had to fly this year, ” the Solar Impulse team said.

The flight was supposed to begin on Sunday but was delayed by bad weather.

Solar Impulse 2 flyover Golden Gate – San Francisco

 

The record begans on 9 March 2015 in Abu Dhabi, and has taken the aircraft across Asia and the Pacific to the United States.

 

solar_impulse Fly around the world map

 

LEG 1: 9 March. Abu Dhabi (UAE) to Muscat (Oman) – 772km; 13 Hours 1 Minute

LEG 2: 10 March. Muscat (Oman) to Ahmedabad (India) – 1, 593km; 15 Hours 20 Minutes

LEG 3: 18 March. Ahmedabad (India) to Varanasi (India) – 1, 170km; 13 Hours 15 Minutes

LEG 4: 18 March. Varanasi (India) to Mandalay (Myanmar) – 1, 536km; 13 Hours 29 Minutes

LEG 5: 29 March. Mandalay (Myanmar) to Chongqing (China) – 1, 636km; 20 Hours 29 Minutes

LEG 6: 21 April. Chongqing (China) to Nanjing (China) – 1, 384km; 17 Hours 22 Minutes

LEG 7: 30 May. Nanjing (China) to Nagoya (Japan) – 2, 942km; 1 Day 20 Hours 9 Minutes

LEG 8: 28 June. Nagoya (Japan) to Kalaeloa, Hawaii (US) – 8, 924km; 4 Days 21 Hours 52 Minutes

LEG 9: 21 April. Kalaeloa, Hawaii (US) to Mountain View, California (US) – 4, 523km; 2 Days 17 Hours 29 Minutes

LEG 10: 2 May. Mountain View, California (US) to Phoenix, Arizona (US) – 1, 199km; 15 Hours 52 Minutes

LEG 11: 12 May. Phoenix, Arizona (US) to Tulsa, Oklahoma (US) – 1, 570 km; 18 Hours 10 Minutes

LEG 12: 21 May. Tulsa, Oklahoma (US) to Dayton, Ohio (US) – 1, 113 km; 16 Hours 34 Minutes

LEG 13: 25 May. Dayton, Ohio (US) to Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania (US) – 1, 044 km; 16 Hours 47 Minutes

LEG 14: 11 June. Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania (US) to New York (US) – 230km; 4 Hours 41 Minutes

 

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