Solar Impulse 2 achieved its goal. The solar-powered plane landed in Hawaii

From Japan to Hawaii in 5 days and 5 nights, crossing the Pacific Ocean with solar power only. Piccard’s and Borschberg’s epic journey finally ended.

Last Friday, 3rd July, the epic round-the-world journey of Solar Impulse 2 finally ended. At 5.55 (Hawaii’s local time) the above mentioned solar-powered airplane has landed after a 7,200km flight of 5 days and 5 nights from Japan to these American islands, at an average speed of 61.19 km/h.




Solar Impulse 2, which left the ground in March from Abu Dhabi, reached its goal: travelling the globe without using a drop of fuel. Well, the pilot’s working conditions are impossible for common people. A typical day included eight rest pauses of 5 to 20 minutes. A daily intake of 2.4 kg of food (breakfast, lunch, dried fruits and chocolate), 2.5 litres of water and 1 litre of supplements. And 30-45 minutes of yoga per day to stay in shape.


Solar Impulse takes-off from Varanasi to Mandalay


“What André has achieved is extraordinary from the perspective of a pilot”, declared Bertrand Piccard, Solar Impulse’s president, pilot and inventor. “He has also led the technical team during the construction of this revolutionary prototype. It is not only a historic first in aviation it is also a historic first for renewable energies”.


An unprecedented adventure demonstrating that through the use of some technologies an airplane powered only by the sun can fly night and day, without a drop of fuel and with zero emissions. The future of aviation and clean technologies is near, today more than ever.

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