I have been following the progress of the Solar Impulse plane in its attempt to circumnavigate the world powered only by the sun, and it has just successfully completed the most arduous leg of its journey, setting new world records for distance and time spent in the air in the progress.
The Solar Impulse plane, is on a journey to circumnavigate the world using a plane the runs on solar energy only. The trip started in Abu Dhabi on March 9 and has 13 legs of the journey.
- Abu Dhabi to Muscat (complete)
- Muscat to Ahmedabad (complete)
- Ahmedabad to Varanasi (complete)
- Varanasi to Mandalay (complete)
- Mandalay to Chongqing (complete)
- Chongquing to Nanjing (complete)
- Najing to Nagoya (complete)
- Nagoya to Hawaii (complete)
- Hawaii to Pheonix (coming soon)
- Pheonix to Mid USA (coming soon)
- Mid USA to New York (coming soon)
- New York to Europe (coming soon)
- Europe to Abu Dhabi (coming soon)
They have currently just completed the journey from Nagoya to Hawaii taking 5 days and spending 118 hours in the air – a new record for a solo flight. The next leg will be between Hawaii and Pheonix and will take another 4 days and nights, but they will have to wait for a favourable window of weather before undertaking the next leg.
Best of luck to the team on the rest of their journey, and as the Solar Impulse team say, The Future Is Clean!