Solar Impulse 2
The Solar Impulse 2 recently landed in Mountain View, California, after successfully crossing the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii. How awesome is that?! A solar powered airplane is making its way around the world without any fuel. The Swiss have been pioneers in technology for a long time and here is just one more example of that tradition.
Bertrand Piccard piloted this last leg of the trip and according to their website it took them just shy of 63 hours to complete that stage. All without any fuel whatsoever. The leg prior to that was from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii and that took just under 5 full days of flight time. A record for a solar powered flight. The goal of their flight, beyond showing that its possible, is to promote clean technologies.
I love the history of Bertrand’s family, this quote from the website explains it beautifully :
“This dynasty has been inventing and exploring for three generations: with the grandfather came the pressurized capsule and the first flight in the stratosphere, with the father, the bathyscaphe and the absolute deep-sea diving record, and with the son, the first non-stop, round-the-world, balloon flight. But what each father passed on to his son was not only the passion for adventure, but also the will to improve life on Earth and protect the environment.”
I will definitely be following this team of pioneers as they continue the journey. Hopp Schwiiz!