Solar Impulse is Ready for the Longest Journey From Japan to Hawaii
Solar Impulse is waiting for a weather window to fly from Japan to Hawaii, making it the longest and most dangerous journey ever on sun powered solo airplane.
The journey that began from Abu Dhabi to Muscat have completed 6 legs however their latest i.e. seventh leg was cut short because of bad weather conditions from Nanjing to Honolulu, landing in Japan.
Pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard believe that this journey marks the moment of truth for the team and the mission. In case something goes wrong this time, we are thinking bad weather maybe or no sun, then there will be no landing, as the journey will be over the huge Pacific Ocean. According to the pilot they will use ‘a parachute and a life raft’ to save their lives.
This journey which spans nearly 4,000 miles will be carried out by Borschberg, as he is the pilot for this leg. They have taken tons of food and water supplies with them and pilot will be allowed to take little naps.
This aircraft is ultra-light, the 22,000 mile around the world journey will take almost 500 flight hours. The Solar Impulse built aircraft weighs low almost as much as a small car and it is the largest to date.
The aircraft charges throughout the day using sun light, it needs clear weather without clouds and winds in order to stay intact.
“The most important thing isn’t to make world records. It’s to show what we can do with clean technologies. We want to bring solutions, not just talk about problems. We want to demonstrate we can do incredible things. This is the project of my life.”
According to Piccard reduction of carbon dioxide is the most important factor here. They want to bring a change instead of just talking about one.