Thursday, April 21, 2016

Solar Impulse 2 resumes round-the-world flight

The Solar Impulse 2 resumed its record-breaking quest Thursday to circle the globe without consuming a drop of fuel, taking advantage of improved weather to take off from Hawaii.
The experimental sun-powered plane, piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard, left Kalaeloa Airport at 6:15 am (1615 GMT) after strong winds delayed the flight around 75 minutes, images beamed live online showed.

"C'est beau! We are in the air," the 58-year-old pilot said as the aircraft left the runway.

  • The SI2 was grounded in July last year when its batteries suffered problems halfway through its 21,700-mile (35,000-kilometer) circumnavigation.

The crew took several months to repair the damage from high tropical temperatures during the flight's final Pacific stage, a 4,000-mile flight between Nagoya, Japan and Hawaii.

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