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The Solar Impulse team has today announced that irreversible damage to the batteries of the experimental aircraft will not allow pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard to complete the circumnavigation of the globe this year. The next flight is not planned before April 2016.
Five years ago today, Swiss pilot André Borschberg landed the zero-fuel aircraft Solar Impulse HB-SIA after a 26h 10m 19s flight from and to Payerne, Switzerland. A normal duration for a jet, but an absolutely incredible performance for a plane using only the power of the sun!
To have flown the zero-fuel aircraft, Solar Impulse, for five days and five nights alone across the Pacific Ocean: this is the historic exploit Swiss pilot André Borschberg achieved today at 15:55 UTC (05:55 local time) as he landed in Hawaii, USA, to the cheers of the assembled crowd.
FAI confirms that at 22:48 UTC Swiss Pilot André Borschberg superseded Steve Fossett’s 2005 duration performance by flying solo for more than 74 h 56 min 05 s above the Pacific Ocean on an airplane.
The solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse, with André Borschberg at the controls, is currently flying through its second night across the Pacific Ocean, using only the energy stocked up during the day by its solar cells. The plane will be slowly losing altitude until dawn, and when the sun will be rising from the sea, the aircraft will again ascend and recharge its batteries until they are full.
Technical hurdles have been overcome and a favourable weather window has finally been found. At 18:03 UTC last night (03:03 local time), Solar Impulse co-founder André Borschberg took off from Nagoya, Japan, onboard zero-fuel aircraft SI2.
Sadly, the Solar Impulse team had to cancel the take-off from Nagoya due to worsening weather conditions.This happened at the last minute, when pilot André Borscherg was already in the cockpit, ready to go.
Let's hope that a good weather window will soon be found to allow Borschberg to reach Hawaii !
What a day for Borschberg and the Solar Impulse team ! After taking off from Nanjing, China, on Saturday, the weather conditions turned out to be not as favourable as expected, which made the team change their initial plan to fly directly to Hawaii, USA.
André Borschberg, the pilot of the zero-fuel aircraft, was thus forced to land in Nagoya, Japan, at 23:49 local time (14:49 UTC) - after more than 40 hours of flight.
Let us hope that a weather window will soon be found to allow Borschberg to take off again and complete Solar Impulse's plan to cross the Pacific Ocean and to land in Hawaii.
More information at www.solar-impulse.com.
Solar Impulse took to the air today at 2.39am local time (6.39pm UTC) from Nanjing, China, and started its fantastic bid to cross the Pacific Ocean without using any fuel. If André Borschberg, the pilot of the aircraft, successfully lands in Hawaii, he will have achieved the longest flight in distance and duration by a solar-powered aircraft.
Zero-fuel aircraft Solar Impulse with Swiss pilot André Borschberg at the controls will take off at 6pm UTC from Nanjing, China, the team has announced.
It should take 5 or 6 consecutive days and nights (more than 8000 km) for Borschberg to cross the Pacific Ocean from Nanjing, China, to Hawaii, USA: an incredible challenge for a man to undertake. FAI Official Observers are on site to check that everything is done according to the FAI Sporting Code as this flight involves smashing several records of duration and distance by a solar-powered aircraft.