Solar aircraft Solar Impulse 2 heading to Phoenix for tenth stage

May

3

2016

The solar airplane Solar Impulse 2 departed from Mountain View in California for the tenth stage of the journey around the earth. This stage goes to Phoenix, about 1160 kilometers away in the state of Arizona. The flight should take about sixteen hours.

Solar Impulse 2 left Monday morning at 5 am local time with Andre Borschberg pilot from the Moffett Federal Airfield, writes the BBC. It is expected that the airport around 21 pm local time, arriving in Phoenix, six o’clock Tuesday morning in this part of Europe.

Bertrand Piccard turned the plane over a week ago on Sunday morning Dutch time down to Moffet Airfield. Piccard was previously at the helm for three days to allow the Solar Impulse 2 across the Pacific flights from Hawaii.

2 Solar Impulse took off from Abu Dhabi on 9 March 2015. Initially, everything went fairly smoothly until the plane by bad weather no further could and that same year had to stay in Nagoya, Japan on 30 May. Thereafter, it took almost a month before the plane could continue flying to Hawaii, where it sat 8924 kilometers in four days and almost 22 hours.

By batteries overheating the plane could not continue his journey from Hawaii and the approaching winter was decided that the next flight to the United States was postponed until May this year. The team will try to get the plane in early June in New York to begin preparations for the flight across the Atlantic to eventually finish in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

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