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.
For updates visit www.solarimpulse.com
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
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