Solar Impulse lands in Hawaii, sets record for longest solar-powered flight

On Friday, as most Individuals have been moving into their Fourth of July celebrations, the Solar Impulse 2 touched down in Hawaii after an arduous Pacific Ocean crossing to set a brand new world record for the longest solar-powered flight ever — almost 118 hours and virtually 4,500 miles.

HE MADE IT! @andreborschberg simply touched down in #Hawaii after a record-breaking flight! #futureisclean @bhttps://t.co/WQWsRKiCEi

— SOLAR IMPULSE (@solarimpulse) July 3, 2015

The Solar Impulse departed Japan on June 28, touchdown in Hawaii on July 3 — 5 full grueling days and nights of flight for pilot André Borschberg. The crew experiences the journey’s stats on website, Borschberg touring the space at an common pace of simply over 61 km/h (38 mph) and reaching a most altitude of 28,000 ft.

The crew celebrated the momentous journey as Borschberg landed the SI2 in Oahu, rightly so, because the Pacific crossing had been postponed for a couple of month in Japan with tough climate patterns, making them surprise in the event that they’d ever get an open window to cross.


How did Borschberg survive the almost 118-hour leg? He napped in quick 20 minute increments all through the day and was even on oxygen at instances: “Human vitality / Fatigue administration on a 5 days and nights is essential, I’ve climbed the altitude of Mount Everest 5 instances… with out resting a lot,” he reported on July 3 on the Solar Impulse 2 website.

With the toughest a part of the journey now over, next up is Phoenix, as they proceed the around-the-world journey to complete in Abu Dhabi in the autumn.


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