Wednes­day, 22 June 2016 10:56

Solar Impulse 2 crossed the Atlantic

Mon­day, June 22– Solar Impulse 2, the first solar gen­er­ated plane took a trip from New York J. Kennedy Air­port and suc­cess­fully reached its des­ti­na­tion in the Spain Seville Air­port on Thurs­day, June 23.

Even though this was not the first adven­ture of Solar Impulse, the solar air­plane has already gained expe­ri­ence in ocean-​crossing flight while fly­ing over the Pacific Ocean. After four days flying-​marathon from Japan to Hawaii a bat­tery stor­age sys­tem cracked up. As a result, the Solar Impulse mis­sion has been post­poned for a long time.

This time, enriched by new expe­ri­ence and a lot of prepa­ra­tion, both pilots have suc­cess­fully reached their dream and landed after 118 hours flight. They smashed the pre­vi­ous record of unin­ter­rupted jour­ney in the his­tory of aviation!

Dur­ing the trip over the Ocean, they had an oppor­tu­nity to see an astro­log­i­cal phe­nom­e­non called “Straw­berry Moon” which occurs only once a year dur­ing the Sum­mer Solstice.

The plane was entirely pow­ered by 17 000 solar cells.