Solar Impulse Takes Off From Japan To Hawaii

Posted: Jun 29 2015, 8:03am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Solar Impulse Takes Off From Japan to Hawaii
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  • Solar Airplane to Cross the Length of the Pacific Ocean

A solar airplane "Solar Impulse" has taken off after a forced landing from Japan. It is to cross the length of the Pacific Ocean in its remarkable journey.

A solar plane is on the last and most difficult part of its trip around the world. It took off from Japan and is to cross the Pacific Ocean in its round-the-world voyage in which it has been hopping from one destination to another.

Termed the Solar Impulse 2, the aviation ace was bound for Hawaii but had to undergo a forced landing in Japan due to weather conditions.

But now it is to go for its goal with a vengeance. The airplane has over 17,000 solar cell panels on the surface of its wings. It is a journey of five sunny days and five dark nights before the objective is accomplished.

The starting point of the airplane was from Abu Dhabi and it has undergone a dozen short journeys from one airport to the next in its trip around the globe.

While the aviation machine weighs as much as a single automobile only, its wingspan is almost as lengthy and huge as that of an airliner. The designing and construction of the airplane from scratch took at least a dozen years or so. Lets hope it makes it to Hawaii in the end!

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