Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Aviation

Solar Impulse 2 Sets New Solar Aviation & Longest Solo Flight World Records (Video)

Originally published on 1Sun4All.

BREAKING NEWS from Solar Impulse 2 (Si2): 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 hours and 5,663 km / 3,519 miles).

At the controls, André Borschberg has also broken 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 — cofounder, CEO, and pilot of Solar Impulse — is currently also achieving the longest nonstop solo flight without refueling between Nagoya, Japan, and Hawaii in terms of duration. This is an accomplishment exceeding the American adventurer Steve Fossett’s flight onboard Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer. Fossett, in 2006, realized a 76-hour nonstop 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.

solar impulse

The first 24 hours were very technical, 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. —André Borschberg

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 on March 9.

Join the Movement: FutureIsClean.org #FutureIsClean

The main goal of this adventure is to collect millions of voices for FutureisClean.org, an initiative aiming to encourage governments to replace old polluting devices with new clean technology, in order to save energy, save natural resources, and decrease CO2 emissions in a profitable way, creating jobs and economic growth while protecting the environment.

solar impulse

Would you like to meet the Si2 team? Check out the new website team page!

Photo Credit: Picture from André Borschberg while flying over Japan ©Solar Impulse via Revillard, Rezo.ch | Video and Cartoon Credit: Solar Impulse   

 
 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica member, supporter, or ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 
Sign up for our free daily newsletter to never miss a story.
 
Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

New CleanTechnica Podcasts

Written By

-- I am an artist, painter, writer, interior designer, graphic designer, and constant student of many studies. Living with respect for the environment close at hand, the food chain, natural remedies for healing the earth, people and animals is a life-long expression and commitment. As half of a home-building team, I helped design and build harmonious, sustainable and net-zero homes that incorporate clean air systems, passive and active solar energy as well as rainwater collection systems. Private aviation stirs a special appeal, I would love to fly in the solar airplane and install a wind turbine in my yard. I am a peace-loving, courageous soul, and I am passionate about contributing to the clean energy revolution. I formerly designed and managed a clean energy website, 1Sun4All.com.

Comments

#1 most loved electric vehicle, solar energy, and battery news & analysis site in the world.

 

Support our work today!

Advertisement

Power CleanTechnica: $3/Month

Tesla News Solar News EV News Data Reports

Advertisement

EV Sales Charts, Graphs, & Stats

EV Press Releases

Advertisement

Our Electric Car Driver Report

30 Electric Car Benefits

Tesla Model 3 Video

Renewable Energy 101 In Depth

solar power facts

Tesla News

EV Reviews

Home Efficiency

You May Also Like

Autonomous Vehicles

Welcome to China × Cleantech — January 2021 edition. Our China x Cleantech series covers top cleantech stories in China each month. Happy 牛 Year! I...

Autonomous Vehicles

BYD completed a 10-day trial operation of an autonomous driving bus earlier this month at Tokyo Haneda Airport. BYD partnered with All Nippon Airways...

Clean Transport

In a bid to to develop a revitalized, resilient, and sustainable community capable of living up to the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050,...

Cars

Plugin electric vehicles (fully electric vehicles as well as plugin hybrids) had a sales increase of 43% in 2020 compared to 2019 according to...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.