Solar Impulse 2 Over Sea of Japan, Day after take-off

1 Jun 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Plane flies across world on empty tank.

THE revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft took off early for a six-day, six-night flight over the Pacific Ocean, the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun. Pilot Andre Borschberg, 62, left the ground in Nanjing, in eastern China, heading for the US island of Hawaii, on Sunday morning, after extended delays awaiting a suitable weather window over safety concerns. “We have a good weather window, which means we have a stable corridor to reach Hawaii,” he said, shortly before climbing into the cockpit to test the instruments. Borschberg, whose progress will be monitored the entire way from a control room in Monaco, will try to stay awake for much of that time, taking only short catnaps. Later he described the flight as “unbelievable”, saying he felt both physically and mentally prepared for the first night. .andreborschberg is on his way for the longest ever #solar flight in both distance and duration! #futureisclean

— SOLAR IMPULSE (solarimpulse) May 30, 2015 After more than eight hours in the air, the plane was over the East China Sea and Borschberg could be heard discussing light turbulence along the upcoming journey with the Solar Impulse team.

The pilot, André Borschberg, who is CEO of Solar Impulse, rested for only one hour during the first 17 hours of the flight. “Yoga keeps him energised,” Solar Impulse tweeted on Sunday evening. “We are very happy to see our plane fly [after a long wait],” Elke Neumann, a press officer at Solar Impulse, told Gulf News over the phone from Nanjing. “We are now wishing all the best to André who is already nearly 24 hours up in the sky,” she said on Sunday evening. Borschberg, in the single-seater 3.8 cubic metre unpressurised cockpit, will be exposed to extreme conditions over the world’s largest body of water. The challenge will be to keep the right attitude and mindset and make the optimum choices which will be required to fly the solar aeroplane six days and six nights across the Pacific Ocean.”

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