01 Jun '15, 2pm

Bad weather forces Solar Impulse to make unscheduled stop in Japan

Si2 lands in Japan this morning at approximately 10am ET. The change in route became necessary when a wall of storms over the Pacific Ocean shifted course slightly. Si2 meteorologists made the call early Monday morning when it became apparent that the storm posed too much danger for Borschberg and his ultra-light airplane. Essentially, stormy weather would make it impossible for the aircraft to gather enough sunlight to charge the batteries to power the plane through the night. Si2 must fly in sunny skies, so the crew keeps a close eye on weather reports to determine safe flight paths.

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/bad-weather-forces-solar-impulse-to-...

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