Solar aircraft Solar Impulse 2 crosses Atlantic




Solar Impulse 2 aircraft powered by solar energy that makes a trip around the world, has crossed the Atlantic on Thursday. 71 hours and 8 minutes, the unit of the City of New York flew to Seville, Spain, 6765 kilometers away.

In a blog post shows the Solar Impulse team know that the landing at 7:38 pm Dutch time took place. It was the longest flight that Bertrand Piccard, one of the two pilots did. It is the first time that such a trip is made using only clean technology. It is also the longest flight of the Solar Impulse 2 has made so far and today’s success means that the team has now crossed the two largest oceans in the world. Piccard, according to the blog post this time can enjoy a view of oil tankers, islands, whales, icebergs, but most ordinary water.

According to him, the team has had luck. “It took us only nine days to find a weather pattern that we could stabbing across the Atlantic.” It is already the fifteenth stage of the journey to the world of the Solar Impulse 2. There are estimated to need three more flights before the plane lands back to Abu Dhabi, where on March 9, 2015 began his journey around the world.

Solar aircraft Solar Impulse 2 is a Swiss design that is involved in the world with the aim to push the boundaries of what is possible with clean energy and thus move far. Behind the project are the Swiss engineer and businessman André Borschberg and the Swiss psychiatrist Bertrand Piccard. Solar Impulse 2 has a wingspan of 72 meters and is covered with 269.5 square meters of solar cells. During the day in the sunlight, the device can reach a speed of 90km / h and night 60km / h.

The Solar Impulse 2 team has not only recorded victories. During the stage of Japan to Hawaii, who established distance and time records, for example, were the batteries overheated and damaged. By the time the damage was repaired, the weather lent themselves not to continue the journey to the world and the team had a year to wait .

Tweet Piccard, Solar Impulse 2 NY-stage ESP


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