Posted 06/01/2015 at 9:01 AM
Posted 2 years ago
The attempt to make the world’s first solar-powered global flight has begun.
Andre Borschberg began the journey in March, piloting the Solar Impulse 2 from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Much of the flight to this point has been in short spans; the Solar Impulse 2 traveled to Oman, then to India and Myanmar before arriving in Nanjing, China in April. Borschberg is now faced with the most arduous part of his flight to date – a non-stop trip from China to Hawaii.
This leg of the trip will span 5,078 miles, and the duration is estimated to be six days and five nights.
The Solar Impulse 2 will be pushed to its limits during this stretch – the four 41 kilowatt lithium-ion batteries help power the electric motors with the energy gained through the 269.5 square feet of solar paneling on the plane’s exterior.
Another factor of the flight will be Borschberg’s ability to fly steady with little to no rest.
According to information from their website, he’ll be taking about ten scheduled breaks of 20 minutes for every 24 hours in flight.
It will be intriguing to see how the Solar Impulse 2 will fare during this period.
For those who may be interested, you can check out the flight on their website.