'Photo voltaic Impulse' Aircraft Takes Off from California for Arizona

A photo voltaic-powered airplane took off from California for Arizona early Monday to proceed its journey all over the world utilizing solely power from the solar.

The Swiss-made Photo voltaic Impulse 2 flew from Mountain View south of San Francisco shortly after 5 a.m. Monday for an anticipated sixteen-hour journey to Phoenix.

Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg was on the helm of the aircraft that started circumnavigation the globe final yr.

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Borschberg’s co-pilot, Bertrand Piccard, additionally of Switzerland, made the three-day journey from Hawaii to the guts of Silicon Valley, the place he landed final week.


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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.

After Phoenix, the aircraft will make two extra stops in the USA earlier than crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Europe or northern Africa, based on the web site documenting the journey.

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The 2 legs to cross the Pacific have been the riskiest a part of the aircraft’s travels due to the shortage of emergency touchdown websites.

"We have now demonstrated it’s possible to fly many days, many nights, that the know-how works" stated Borschberg, sixty three, who piloted the aircraft throughout a 5-day journey from Japan to Hawaii and who stored himself alert by doing yoga poses and meditation.

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