Subscribe Free
in General Aviation / Technology

Solar Impulse 2 reaches Hawaii

Posted 6 July 2015 · Add Comment

The solar powered aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg - Solar Impulse 2 - has achieved the longest exploration leg of its Round-The-World mission, completing its trip from Japan to Hawaii.

At the controls of Solar Impulse 2, André Borschberg landed safely in Kalaeloa on 3rd July at 05:55 local time, after a perilous non-stop flight of five days and nights, to encourage the use of clean technologies.

Above: Solar Impulse 2 landing in Hawaii.
©  Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse 2 slid into a huge permanent structure at Kalaeloa, so there was no need to inflate the team's mobile hangar.

The team are now back to the search for clear skies and a weather window that will allow Bertrand Piccard to fly from Hawaii to Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Bertrand Piccard said: "What André has achieved is extraordinary from the perspective of a pilot. But furthermore, he has also led the technical team during the construction of this revolutionary prototype.

"This oceanic flight to Hawaii demonstrates that if technological solutions exist to fly a plane day and night without fuel, then there is potential for these same efficient technologies to be used in our daily lives, and to achieve energy savings to reduce CO2 emissions.

"We want to inspire our supporters to add their voice to the message on futureisclean.org: a website serving as a petition to convince governments around the globe to implement the necessary clean technology solutions and help ensure that the United Nations’ upcoming Conference on Climate Change (COP21) is successful in renewing the Kyoto protocol this December in Paris."

The progress of Solar Impulse’s Round-The-World mission can be followed on the Solar Impulse website.

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Just one small step…

A group of UAE nationals are emerging as leaders in space, thanks to a programme developed by the UAE Space Agency, Mubadala, and Lockheed Martin. Marcelle Nethersole reports.

Emirates to launch third daily flight to Nairobi

Emirates will introduce a third daily flight between Dubai and Kenya's capital Nairobi from June 1, 2017.

Etihad Airways to add double daily to Düsseldorf

Etihad Airways has announced its Abu Dhabi – Düsseldorf route will be operated 14 times a week with the addition of a new daily service, effective 26 March 2017.

Yahsat celebrates its 10 year anniversary

UAE-satellite operator, Yahsat, has celebrated the tenth anniversary of its inauguration this week.

Travelport appoints new country manager for the UAE

Travelport (TVPT) has appointed Kathryn Wallington as country manager for the UAE.

Olympus Corporation to set up MEA HQ In Dubai

Japan's optical and precision electronics manufacturer Olympus Corporation will later this month open a regional HQ, for the Middle East and Africa, complete with a training centre, in Dubai.

TAA SK 12MTHS16
See us at
World_Space_Congress_BT21JN23N16_Arabian_AerospaceAviation Africa 2017 BT 23F17IDEX BT180123022017AIME2017 BT 2579217MRO2017_BT1089217