Where are they now? Solar Impulse is crossing the Atlantic Ocean

Solar Impulse 2 took off from JFK, New York on June 20th and it will attempt to reach Europe

Solar Impulse 2 took off today from New York City (6:30AM UTC, 8:30AM CET) and will attempt to reach Europe, with Bertrand Piccard at the controls. The crossing of the Atlantic Ocean is one of the most challenging legs of the Round-the-World solar journey. The flight will last approximately 90 hours. Mission Control expects the plane to land at Seville Airport, Spain either on early morning on Thursday or on Friday this week.

Last year the historic crossing of the Pacific Ocean pushed the zero-fuel plane and the endurance of the pilots to their limits. During that flight, Solar Impulse broke the world records for longest distance covered and flight duration for a solar aircraft, as well as the world record for the longest solo-flight ever. How did Solar Impulse plan for such a momentous journey? Watch Flight for the Future, Episode 6: The Point of No Return. 

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Solar Impulse: The journey so far

Solar Impulse, the first solar powered airplane attempting the Round-the-World flight started its mission in Abu Dhabi in early March 2015.

Leg 1: 9 March, 2015. Abu Dhabi (UAE) to Muscat (Oman) - 441km; in 13 hours and 1 minute

Leg 2: 10 March, 2015. Muscat (Oman) to Ahmedabad (India) - 1,468km; in 15 hours and 20 minutes

Leg 3: 18 March, 2015. Ahmedabad (India) to Varanasi (India) - 1,215km; in 13 hours and 15 minutes

Leg 4: 19 March, 2015. Varanasi (India) to Mandalay (Myanmar) - 1,398km; in 13 hours and 29 minutes

Leg 5: 29 March, 2015. Mandalay (Myanmar) to Chongqing (China) - 1,459km; in 20 hours and 29 minutes

Leg 6: 21 April, 2015. Chongqing (China) to Nanjing (China) - 1,241km; in 17 hours and 22 minutes

Leg 7: 30 May, 2015. Nanjing (China) to Nagoya (Japan) - 2,852km; in 44 hours and 10 minutes

Leg 8: 28 June, 2015. Nagoya (Japan) to Hawaii (USA) – 7,212km; in 4 Days 21 Hours 52 minutes

Leg 9: 21 April, 2016. Hawaii (USA) to Mountain View, California (USA) - 4’523 km; in 62 hours 29 minutes

Leg 10: 2 May, 2016. Mountain View, California (USA) to Phoenix, AZ (USA) - 1'199km; in 15 hours 52 minutes

Leg 11: 12 May, 2016. Phoenix, AZ (USA) to Tulsa, OK (USA) -1'570 km, 18 hours 10 minutes

Leg 12: 21 May, 2016. Tulsa, OK (USA) to Dayton, OH (USA) - 1'113 km, 16 hours 34 minutes

Leg 13: 25 May, 2016. Dayton, OH (USA) to Lehigh Valley, PA (USA) - 1'044 km, 16 hours 47 minutes

Leg 14: 11 June, 2016. Lehigh Valley, PA (USA) to New York City (NY) - 265 km, 4 hours 41 minutes

Leg 15: 20 June, 2016. NYC to Seville, Spain

Solar Impulse New York events

In June, Solar Impulse landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport, the last stop before its Atlantic Ocean crossing.

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Solar Impulse 2 resumes its historic...

Solar Impulse 2, the airplane capable of flying day and night without using a drop of fuel, resumed its round-the-world flight using only solar energy.

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