Solar Impulse Airplane,Solar Powered Airplane|Fuel Less Airplane
The pilot of a solar-powered airplane who has just finished the Hawaii-to-California leg of an around-the-world journey believes his voyage can set an example for the rest of the world to harness the power of solar energy.High winds delayed the landing at Moffett Airfield, Mountain View, as pilot Bertrand Piccard flew in a holding pattern off the coast.
“We are like a flying laboratory, showing how the future looks like if we have pioneering spirit and if we have spirit of exploration,” Solar Impulse 2 aircraft pilot Bertrand Piccard from the cockpit somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.
The plane was grounded in Hawaii last July to repair a battery that kept overheating. After raising $20 million US for repairs and a nine-month delay, the flight resumed two days ago.
Solar Powered Airplane in California
- Solar Impulse 2 takes off for historic around-the-world attempt
- Solar Impulse 2 passes point of no return of 120-hour trip to Hawaii
“Can you imagine crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on a solar-powered plane just like ships did in past centuries?” Mr Piccard said from the cockpit after flying over San Francisco.
“But the plane doesn’t make noise and doesn’t pollute.”
It was important, the Swiss pilot added, to “link the project… with the pioneering spirit in Silicon Valley”.
Solar Impulse On solar Plane
The aircraft’s wings are covered with solar cells that harness energy from the sun to power the motors turning its propellers. During darkness it relies on energy stored in batteries. The aircraft started its journey in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates and has been travelling east on the around-the-world journey.,The trip has involved two different pilots flying separate legs.
The plane gets all its energy from the sun, and has 17,000 photo voltaic cells on its top surfaces.
Solar Impulse AirCraft Journey
Starting in Abu Dhabi, UAE, in March, Solar Impulse crossed Oman, India, Myanmar, and China.
For the third leg of the Round-The-World Solar Flight, André Borschberg, CEO and co-founder, flew over India, from Ahmedabad to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India. Customs and passport issues almost prevented Solar Impulse 2 from taking off, and Bertrand Piccard, initiator and co-founder, from arriving in time for landing, but in the end everything worked out!
The plane will be taking off again tomorrow morning to Myanmar, but tonight, one of the largest ever press conferences for the project was held in Varanasi which allowed the pilots to explain that if an airplane can fly around the world using only the sun’s energy, then clean technologies can be used on the ground to solve climate change.
It then flew to Japan, before undertaking a 8,924km passage to Hawaii. That five-day, five-night crossing set a record for the longest ever non-stop solo aeroplane journey.
Long distance of Journey Solar Airplane
A plane wider than a 747 jumbo jet but that weighs just 2.3 tonnes poses some unique challenges:
- Low speed means mission legs can take several days and nights of continuous flight
- The pilot is permitted only catnaps of up to 20 minutes
- The cockpit is little bigger than a public telephone box
The experience was exhilarating and every flight yielded new lessons in how to “improve the quality, reliability and performance of the aeroplane“.
It was Mr Borschberg who flew into Kalaeloa last July, and he will take the controls on the next leg across the US mainland.
The pair’s intention is to reach New York by the start of June, to begin preparations for an Atlantic crossing.
Assuming this is completed successfully, it should then be a relatively straightforward run back to the “finish line” in Abu Dhabi.
Complete Journey Details of Solar Impulse Plane arround the Globe
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 (USA) – 8,924km; 4 Days 21 Hours 52 Minutes
LEG 9: 21 April. Kalaeloa, Hawaii (USA) to Mountain View, California (USA) – 4,200km; 62 Hours
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