Solar Plane Ready to Resume Round-the-World Flight
The Solar Impulse 2 is ready to resume her round-the-world flight after wintering over in Hawaii. Late in 2015, after completing a record 117 hours of continuous flight, the solar-powered airplane was forced to land in Hawaii for emergency maintenance on its battery bank.
A new cooling system was installed and a few test flights later, the Solar Impulse is ready to take to the sunny skies again the next time weather allows. Last year, it took 8 months to complete the first half of her journey from Abu Dhabi west through the Mediterranean, across the Atlantic, over the Americas and halfway over the Pacific. The next part of her journey is over the rest of the ocean, across Asia, and back to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.