Photo voltaic Impulse 2 Lands in Ohio to Full Newest Leg of International Journey

TULSA, Okla. — A photo voltaic-powered airplane that landed in Oklahoma final week landed in Ohio Saturday to finish the newest leg of its round-the-world journey.

The Swiss-made Photo voltaic Impulse 2 took landed in Dayton simply earlier than 10 p.m. after a 17-hour flight from Tulsa Worldwide Airport, the Photo voltaic Impulse staff introduced. The aircraft took off from Tulsa simply earlier than 5 a.m. Saturday.

BREAKING @andreborschberg simply landed in #Dayton after a zero-gasoline 17h flight to #Ohio ! #futureisclean

— SOLAR IMPULSE (@solarimpulse) Might 22, 2016

The plane took off from Phoenix Goodyear Airport in Arizona at about three a.m. on Might thirteen and landed in Tulsa about 20 hours later.

It departed from northern California within the early hours of Might 2 and landed on the airport southwest of Phoenix sixteen hours later. Final month, it flew from Hawaii to California.

The globe-circling voyage started in March 2015 from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and made stops in Oman, Myanmar, China and Japan.

The aircraft was anticipated to make at the least yet one more cease in america earlier than crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Europe or northern Africa, in accordance with the web site documenting the journey.

The Photo voltaic Impulse 2’s wings, which stretch wider than these of a Boeing 747, are outfitted with 17,000 photo voltaic cells that energy propellers and cost batteries. The aircraft runs on saved power at night time.

Preferrred flight velocity is about 28 mph, though that may double in the course of the day when the solar’s rays are strongest.

The aircraft had a 5-day journey from Japan to Hawaii and three-day journey from Hawaii to California’s Silicon Valley.

Solar Impulse 2 Lands in Ohio to Complete Latest Leg of Global Trip Solar Impulse 2 Lands in Ohio to Complete Latest Leg of Global Trip

An image obtained on Might 21, 2016 from Photo voltaic Impulse 2 exhibits exhibits floor crew members getting ready the experimental photo voltaic-powered plane to the runway in preparation for takeoff in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Christophe Chammartin / SI2

The crew was pressured to remain in Oahu, Hawaii, for 9 months after the aircraft’s battery system sustained warmth injury on its journey from Japan.

Challenge officers say the layovers give the 2 Swiss pilots — Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg — an opportunity to swap locations and have interaction with native communities alongside the best way to allow them to clarify the undertaking, which is estimated to value greater than $one hundred million.

The photo voltaic undertaking started in 2002 to spotlight the significance of renewable power and the spirit of innovation.