SOLAR IMPULSE 2 BREAKS WORLD RECORDS ON ITS FLIGHT FROM JAPAN TO HAWAII
André Borschberg, CEO, Co-Founder and Pilot of Solar Impulse in the cockpit of Solar Impulse while flying towards Hawaii
Screenshot of the onbaord camera placed under the wing of Solar Impulse 2
Hawaii, USA, July 1st, 2015 - The airplane of Swiss explorers Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg attempting the first round the world solar flight has broken all distance and duration world records for solar aviation (80 hour and 5663 km). At the controls, André Borschberg also breaks the record for the longest solo flight ever. By remaining airborne 3 consecutive days and nights, producing its own power with solar energy, Solar Impulse 2 has proven that Bertrand Piccard's vision of reaching unlimited endurance without fuel was not a crazy dream.
By flying above the Pacific Ocean for over 80 hours, André Borschberg, co-founder, CEO and pilot of Solar Impulse, is currently also achieving the longest non-stop solo flight without refuelling between Nagoya (Japan) and Hawaii in terms of duration. An accomplishment exceeding the American Adventurer Steve Fossett's flight on board Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer, who, in 2006, realized a 76 hours non stop flight to circumnavigate the globe. Solar Impulse 2 has so far accomplished 73 % of its flight to Hawaii and is intended to fly approximately 120 hours in total before landing in Honolulu.
"Can you imagine that a solar powered airplane without fuel can now fly longer than a jet plane!", said Bertrand Piccard, initiator, chairman and pilot of Solar Impulse. "This is a clear message that clean technologies can achieve impossible goals!"
André Borschberg is still enduring human, technical and operational challenges, navigating the high tech flying laboratory alone in an unheated and unpressurized 3,8 cubic meter cockpit.
"The first 24 hours were very technical", said André Borschberg, "but the second day was really getting me into the mission. It took me a while to create a relationship of trust with the airplane, which allows me to rest and eventually sleep by periods of 20 minutes with the autopilot. The experience of flight is so intense that I can only focus on the present moment and discover how to deal with my own energy and mindset."
If André's flight is successful, Bertrand will then continue this epic ocean crossing to Phoenix, Arizona. The journey will then take the 2 explorers, flying alternatively in the single seater cockpit, across the USA, the Atlantic and back to Abu Dhabi where the journey started March 9.
The main goal of this adventure is to collect millions of voices for www.FutureisClean.org, an initiative aiming to encourage governments to replace old polluting devices by new clean technology, in order to save energy, natural resources and decrease CO2 emissions in a profitable way, creating jobs and economic growth while protecting the environment.
Follow the experience from the cockpit and see what the pilot is watching in real time thanks to the 5 on-board cameras. The platform also offers access to all the telemetry data (altitude, speed, battery level, etc.), by clicking on the “cockpit” icon and for those who missed the event all the legs can be relived through the “logbook” page.
The platform www.FutureIsClean.org, was designed with the support of our web partner, Google, and aims to mobilize individuals, organizations, celebrities and politicians to confront the Conference on Climate Change of the United Nations (COP21), which will define the new Kyoto protocol in December 2015 in Paris. The goal is to establish the largest petition ever created to convince governments to implement technology solutions that are necessary. Every site visitor is asked to add their voice to the message "I want concrete solutions for a clean future" and share amongst their networks
Join the movement: www.FutureIsClean.org
About Solar Impulse The clean tech revolution: The zero-fuel airplane
Swiss pioneers Bertrand Piccard (Chairman) and André Borschberg (CEO) are the founders, pilots and driving force behind Solar Impulse, the first aircraft able to fly day and night without a drop of fuel – propelled solely by the sun’s energy. With the Si2 aircraft, they will attempt the first Round-The-World Solar Flight in 2015. Supported by Main Partners Solvay, Omega, Schindler, ABB, and Official Partners Google, Altran, Bayer MaterialScience, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, Swisscom and Moët Hennessy, this historic first aims at demonstrating that clean technologies can achieve the impossible.
After the original Solar Impulse Si1 prototype which holds 8 world records, Si2 engineers have designed and constructed a new single-seater aircraft made of carbon fiber. It has a 72 meter wingspan (larger than that of the Boeing 747) for a weight of just 2,300 kg, equivalent to that of a car. The 17,248 solar cells built into the wing supply electric motors (17.5 CV each) with renewable energy. The solar cells recharge four lithium polymer batteries totaling 633 kg each, which allow the aircraft to fly at night and therefore have virtually unlimited autonomy.