As Great Britain basks in glorious sunshine, our summer having finally got its act together for a few consecutive days at least, it seems an apposite time to hear once again about the solar-powered plane attempting to circumnavigate the globe, powered by nothing more than the warming, energising rays of our distant but radiant star friend, the Sun.
After waiting for two months in Japan for a break in the weather, for that meteorological metaphorical window of opportunity to slide open, Solar Impulse 2 has begun its journey from Japan to Hawaii – a scorching, high-altitude trip that will take an estimated five days.
If successful, it will be the longest-duration solo flight in aviation history and the furthest distance flown by a plane powered solely by the sun.
E&T news reported on Solar Impulse 2‘s latest adventures yesterday.
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