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Solar-powered plane makes its mark in Ohio

23 May 2016

Solar Impulse is now on the 12th stage of its journey around the globe and has landed in the US state of Ohio.

Ready for takeoff (Credit: Solar Impulse)

The solar powered plane landed in Dayton at 21.56pm local time after its take off from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The 1113km journey took approximately 16 hours to complete.

Its next mission is to get to New York within the next couple of weeks before its big endeavour across the Atlantic. 

Attempting to demonstrate the capability of clean technologies, the plane receives its energy from the sun, captured by 17,000 photovoltaic cells on its top surface. 

Click here to see more of DPA’s up to date coverage on the Solar Impulse.

Video courtesy of Solar Impulse.

Following on from this, the Solar Impulse has another set back!

Solar Impulse with Bertrand Piccard at the controls was planned to fly from Dayton towards Lehigh Valley KABE on Tuesday morning (Dayton Time) May 24.

They experienced a brief cabinet failure which distributes the fan power needed to keep the mobile hangar inflated.

This lasted approximately 2.5 minutes. During the time it took to reboot the system, some parts of the airplane were lightly touched by the deflating hangar fabric. 

After a first check by the engineers, they didn’t see any damage. However this will have to be studied more carefully over the next few days and as such the flight from Dayton to Lehigh Valley has to be postponed.

Let’s remember that airplane safety and risk mitigation is of paramount importance and hence they want to ensure that the structures that were touched are in perfect working order.


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