Solar-powered plane lands in California after risky flight across Pacific Ocean

The solar-powered airplane, which is attempting to circumnavigate the globe to promote clean energy and the spirit of innovation, arrived from Hawaii after a three-day journey across the Pacific Ocean.

FP Staff April 25, 2016 08:45:52 IST
Solar-powered plane lands in California after risky flight across Pacific Ocean
Solarpowered plane lands in California after risky flight across Pacific Ocean

The solar-powered airplane, which is attempting to circumnavigate the globe to promote clean energy and the spirit of innovation, arrived from Hawaii after a three-day journey across the Pacific Ocean. AP

Solarpowered plane lands in California after risky flight across Pacific Ocean

The solar-powered airplane, which is attempting to circumnavigate the globe to promote clean energy and the spirit of innovation, arrived from Hawaii after a three-day journey across the Pacific Ocean. AP

Solarpowered plane lands in California after risky flight across Pacific Ocean

The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Hawaii in July and was forced to stay in the islands after the plane's battery system sustained heat damage on its trip from Japan. AP

Solarpowered plane lands in California after risky flight across Pacific Ocean

The plane's ideal flight speed is about 28 mph, though that can double during the day when the sun's rays are strongest. AP

Solarpowered plane lands in California after risky flight across Pacific Ocean

The plane's wings, which stretch wider than those of a Boeing 747, are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries. AP

Solarpowered plane lands in California after risky flight across Pacific Ocean

Pilot Bertrand Piccard emerges from Solar Impulse 2 at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif., after crossing the Pacific Ocean. The solar-powered airplane landed in California on Saturday, completing a risky, three-day flight across the Pacific Ocean as part of its journey around the world. AP

Solarpowered plane lands in California after risky flight across Pacific Ocean

Solar Impulse 2 pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg celebrate after Piccard landed their solar-powered plane at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif. AP

Solarpowered plane lands in California after risky flight across Pacific Ocean

Solar Impulse 2 lands at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif. AP

Solarpowered plane lands in California after risky flight across Pacific Ocean

Solar Impulse 2 pilot Bertrand Piccard looks out his cockpit window shortly after landing at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif. AP

Solarpowered plane lands in California after risky flight across Pacific Ocean

Solar Impulse 2 pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg shake hands as they pose for a photo at Moffett Field in Mountain View, Calif. AP

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