31 May '15, 5pm

Sun-powered Solar Impulse begins longest, most dangerous leg of round-the-world flight

Although the flight plans have been disrupted by weather, the aircraft has performed beautifully throughout the flights, with no significant mechanical issues to date. This leg of the journey is both the longest and most dangerous, certainly qualifying as “the ultimate test of endurance” for both pilot and craft, as the team reported in a press release. After so many delays, the team is hopeful that they chose a takeoff date and time that will result in optimal conditions for such a dangerous flight. The Solar Impulse airplane is as wide as a jumbo jet, yet as light as a car, so it is extremely sensitive to turbulence. Before embarking on the most dangerous leg of the round-the-world flight, Borschberg said, “This is the moment of truth.”

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/sun-powered-solar-impulse-begins-lon...

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