Solar Impulse begins its toughest stretch

31 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Solar Impulse 2 pilot reports ‘unbelievable’ Pacific flight.

The Solar Impulse 2 – which weighs little more than a car – is attempting to become the first aircraft to fly around the world on solar power alone Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg is likely to take five to six days of continuous flight to reach his central Pacific destination in the Solar Impulse aeroplane, which has a wingspan bigger than a jumbo but weighs little more than a large car, the BBC reported.Abu Dhabi: The pilot of the first solar plane crossing the Pacific Ocean derives energy from yoga to keep him energetic throughout the adventurous trip, the organisers revealed on Sunday. 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 The real endurance test here doesn’t fall on the technology though, but rather, on Andre Borschberg, the man who will be piloting the craft throughout its 130-hour nonstop flight. 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. According to CNN, Borschberg will spend the entire trip inside the plane’s 3.8 square meter cockpit, strapped to a seat that doubles as a bed, exercise machine and toilet. Borschberg told before departure that it’s more in the end about him as it’s going to be an inner-voyage, adding that it’s going to be a discovery about how he feels and how he sustain himself during these five or six days in the air.

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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