Solar Impulse the Sun-Powered Aircraft Crosses Pacific Breaking the Longest Solo Flight Record
Solar Impulse is on its 'round the globe' journey piloted by Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard, the two Swiss explorers alternately. It set off for its journey on March 9 from Abu Dhabi and will cover 22,000 miles.
In its latest lap, the solar powered aircraft was all set to cross the Pacific piloted by Borschberg and its project team said on Thursday, that the plane has broken the record of the longest solo flight, and continue non- stop using only solar power. The plane has 17,000 solar cells arranged all over its wingspan.
For three consecutive days, the Solar Impulse remained airborne and produced its own power through solar energy said the pilots.
On Monday, Solar Impulse started its journey over Pacific from Japan and is expected touch Kalaeloa Airport of Hawaii on Friday morning. The earlier record of solo-flight was of seventy six hours while traversing the Pacific. The trip around the world was planned to take about twenty five flight days. It was divided into twelve legs at speeds differing from 30 to 60 miles per hour.
In a statement, Piccard said, "Can you imagine that a solar powered airplane without fuel can now fly longer than a jet plane? This is a clear message that clean technologies can achieve impossible goals."
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