Solar-powered flight across the Pacific – World Record broken
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Solar-powered flight across the Pacific – World Record broken

August 11, 2019

The Swiss explorer Bertrand Piccard has broken
a world record for the longest non-stop solo flight in an aircraft powered by the sun. Andre Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard are
alternately piloting the plane, and Piccard broke the record at the time. The Solar Impulse took off from Japan on Monday
on the seventh leg of its journey and is expected to land in Hawaii this week. The pilot shattered the solo flight record
threshold of 76 hours in the air while crossing the Pacific. The Solar Impulse 2 initially left Nanjing,
China headed to Hawaii. But the cloudy weather forced it to make a
stop via the Nagoa in Japan. The world record consisted of the Solar Impulse
remained airborne three consecutive days and nights – producing its own power with solar
energy. The Solar Impulse 2 is the first aircraft
to fly day and night without any fuel using only the sun’s energy. Piccard spoke of his amazement at the journey
– and said the world record sends a clear message that clean technologies can achieve
impossible goals. The next leg of the flight will be from Honolulu
to Phoenix in Arizona.

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