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Solar plane powers on over Atlantic after turbulence

Jun 22, 2016 - 9:39 PM

UPDATED The solar powered plane is set to land in Spain s southern Seville airport early Thursday

SOLAR IMPULSE 2. A handout picture made available by Solar Impulse shows Swiss long-range experimental solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) taking off from JFK International Airport in New York, USA, June 20, 2016. Photo by Solar Impulse/REZO/JEAN REVILLARD/EPA

Solar Impulse 2 begins Atlantic crossing

Jun 20, 2016 - 5:05 PM

UPDATED The solar powered plane heads for Spain s Seville airport in one of the most difficult legs of its journey around the world

Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland pilots the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft as it takes off from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York early on June 20, 2016.  The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft set off from New York's JFK airport early June 20, embarking on the transatlantic leg of its record-breaking flight around the world to promote renewable energy. / AFP PHOTO / TREVOR COLLENS

Sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft sets off for New York

Jun 11, 2016 - 12:11 PM

UPDATED The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft is on the 14th leg of an east west journey that began March 9 2015 in Abu Dhabi and has taken the aircraft across Asia and the Pacific to the United States

SUCCESSFUL LANDING. Swiss adventurer and pilot Bertrand Piccard (L) and pilot Andre Borschberg (R) acknowledge the crowd after Borschberg landed Solar Impulse 2 in Dayton, Ohio, USA on May 21, 2016. Photo from Solar Impulse/EPA

Solar Impulse 2 plane lands in Dayton

May 22, 2016 - 2:45 PM

It takes the solar powered plane 16 hours and 34 minutes to travel from Tulsa Oklahoma to Dayton Ohio

epa05322470 A handout image made available by Solar Impulse on 21 May 2016 shows Swiss adventurer and pilot, Bertrand Piccard (L) and pilot Andre Borschberg (R) acknowledge the crowd after Borschberg landed Solar Impulse 2 in Dayton, Ohio, USA, 21 May 2016. Solar Impulse landed in Dayton, Ohio with Andre Borschberg at the controls. Departed from Abu Dhabi on 09 March 2015, the Round-the-World Solar Flight will take 500 flight hours and cover 35,000 kilometres. EPA/SOLAR IMPULSE / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Oklahoma on record-breaking flight

May 13, 2016 - 9:45 AM

UPDATED This feels like a really great success says Solar Impulse team member Christoph Schlettig

TAKE OFF. A handout picture provided by Solar Impulse shows the solar-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft after take off at Phoenix Goodyear Airport, Arizona, USA, May 12, 2016. Handout photo by Christophe Chammarin/Solar Impulse/EPA

Solar Impulse 2 set for next leg in round-the-world flight

May 12, 2016 - 7:42 AM

The experimental sun powered plane piloted by Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard is set to take off from Phoenix at 3:00 am 1000 GMT

SOLAR IMPULSE 2. Solar Impulse 2 takes-off from Mountain View, California towards Phoenix with André Borschberg at the controls. Photo by Solar Impulse on Flickr

Solar-powered plane lands in California after Pacific crossing

Apr 24, 2016 - 3:29 PM

Solar Impulse 2 flew around the world without consuming a drop of fuel

Solar Impulse 2 resumes round-the-world flight

Apr 22, 2016 - 8:50 AM

The plane is expected to cross the United States stopping in New York before a trans Atlantic flight to Europe from where the pilots plan to make their way back to the point of departure in Abu Dhabi

AROUND THE WORLD. A handout picture made available through Global Newsroom shows team members working on the plane shortly before Solar Impulse2, a solar-powered plane piloted by Piccard, successfully took off from Kalaeloa Airport, O'ahu, Hawaii, April 21, 2016. Handout photo by Christophe Chammartin/EPA

Solar Impulse plane makes first maintenance flight in Hawaii

Feb 28, 2016 - 6:19 PM

Lasting an hour and a half and reaching an altitude of 8 000 feet 2 400 metres the flight enabled technicians to run checks on the stabilization and cooling system

In this photo, Solar Impulse 2 is= secured in its hangar in Hawaii in preparation of the wintering. Image courtesy Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse 2 ready to fly again by April 20 – spokeswoman

Dec 23, 2015 - 11:07 PM

But the next leg of the sun powered plane s journey has not yet been decided says pilot Andre Borschberg

SOLAR-POWERED FLIGHT. Solar Impulse 2 pilot Bertrand Piccard (L) and pilot Andre Borschberg, celebrate after Borschberg landed at Kalaeloa Airport, Hawaii, on July 3, 2015. File photo by Eugene Tanner/AFP

Solar Impulse 2 plane grounded in Hawaii for 'several months'

Jul 15, 2015 - 8:08 PM

UPDATED The plane traveled half of the world without using a drop of fuel

Solar Impulse lands in Hawaii, completing historic flight

Jul 04, 2015 - 12:06 PM

The 4 000 mile leg from Nagoya Japan to Hawaii is not only the world s longest solar powered flight both in terms of flying time and distance; it also set the record for longest solo flight by time

SOLAR-POWERED. A handout image provided by Solar Impulse shows the Solar Impulse 2 approaching Kalaeloa Airport with Andre Borschberg at the controls, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA, 03 July 2015. The solar-powered plane on a round-the-world journey landed in Hawaii after a record-breaking five-day flight from Japan. Photo by Solar Impulse/Jean Revillard/Rezo/Handout/EPA

Solar Impulse takes off on delayed Pacific flight

Jun 29, 2015 - 7:08 AM

The journey to Hawaii is 7 900 kilometers 4 900 miles and is expected to last at least 5 days and 5 nights

SOLAR IMPULSE 2. Solar Impulse 2 flies over Japan. Image courtesy Solar Impulse / Anna Pizzolante / REZO.ch

Solar Impulse Japan take off cancelled

Jun 24, 2015 - 8:14 AM

Team: The flight was cancelled because of the weather around Hawaii It s a cold front The priority is the plane s safety and the pilot s safety

A view of Solar Impulse 2 outside the hangar at Nanjing Lukou International Airport in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province 22 April 2015. File photo by Featurechina/EPA

Stranded Solar Impulse to take off again June 24 – team

Jun 23, 2015 - 2:57 PM

The crew has been scouring long range forecasts for an opportunity to restart the first ever round the world attempt by an aircraft powered only by the sun

A view of Solar Impulse 2 outside the hangar at Nanjing Lukou International Airport in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province 22 April 2015. File photo by Featurechina/EPA

Solar Impulse facing 'moment of truth' in Japan – pilot

Jun 16, 2015 - 2:33 PM

This is the moment of truth for the project it is the moment of truth for our team we want to be so cautious and not to make a stupid decision

SOLAR POWER. Solar Impulse 2 flies over Japan. Image courtesy Solar Impulse / Anna Pizzolante / REZO.ch

Solar Impulse touches down on unscheduled Japan stop

Jun 01, 2015 - 3:32 PM

UPDATED Bertrand Piccard: Weather deteriorating over Pacific decision taken for intermediate landing in Nagoya and wait for better conditions

SOLAR POWER. Solar Impulse 2 flies over Japan. Image courtesy Solar Impulse / Anna Pizzolante / REZO.ch

Bad weather casts doubt on Solar Impulse 2 Pacific flight

Jun 01, 2015 - 10:52 AM

Organizers warn that bad weather in the days ahead could block the aircraft s ambitious bid to cross the Pacific Ocean

DEPARTURE. Solar Impulse 2 takes off from Nanjing, China towards Hawaii, May 31, 2015. Image courtesy Solar Impulse/Pizzolante

Solar Impulse takes off for 6-day, 6-night Pacific flight

May 31, 2015 - 9:51 AM

It is the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun

DEPARTURE. Solar Impulse 2 takes off from Nanjing, China towards Hawaii, May 31, 2015. Image courtesy Solar Impulse/Pizzolante

Pacific quest: solar pilot prepares for toughest leg

May 19, 2015 - 12:50 PM

The journey is set to be the longest and most difficult leg of a 12 stage attempt to complete an unprecedented flight around the world using only solar power

Solar Impulse 2 lands after the third test flight in Abu Dhabi, UAE, March 2, 2015. Ali Haider/EPA

Solar Impulse lands in China after 20-hour flight from Myanmar

Mar 31, 2015 - 1:10 PM

The revolutionary plane landed in Chongqing airport at 1:35 am local time 1735 GMT Monday after a 20 and a half hour flight from Myanmar

FAREWELL, MYANMAR! Solar Impusle 2 takes-off from Mandalay to Chongqing (China) with Bertrand Piccard at the controls, March 30, 2015. Stefatou/Rezo.ch/Solar Impulse

Solar plane lands in Myanmar on epic round-the-world journey

Mar 20, 2015 - 8:03 AM

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Myanmar s second largest city Mandalay after completing the fourth leg of its landmark circumnavigation of the globe powered solely by the sun

MANDALAY WELCOME. André Borschberg & Bertrand Piccard welcomed by a crowd of reporters after landing in Mandalay, Myanmar completing the leg 4 of the First Round-the-World Solar Flight, Mandalay, Myanmar, March 19, 2015. Image courtesy Solar Impulse

Solar plane completes first sea leg of epic round-the-world bid

Mar 11, 2015 - 10:01 AM

Solar Impulse 2 will be in Ahmedabad for 4 days during which several events are planned on the theme of renewable energy and sustainable development

Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg are pictured in Ahmedabad, India, after the arrival of Solar Impulse 2 in the city, March 10, 2015. Image courtesy Solar Impulse / Revillard / Rezo.ch

Solar plane completes 1st leg of epic round-the-world bid

Mar 10, 2015 - 10:15 AM

From Muscat it will make 12 stops on an epic journey spread over five months with a total flight time of around 25 days

Solar Impulse 2 takes off for the first flight of the round-the-world flight, from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Muscat, Oman, March 9, 2015. Image courtesy Solar Impulse

Round-the-world solar plane flight takes off

Mar 09, 2015 - 9:41 AM

UPDATED Solar Impulse 2 will make 12 stops on an epic journey spread over 5 months with a total flight time of around 25 days

TAKE FLIGHT. Solar-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 takes off during a test flight in Abu Dhabi on March 2, 2015. Photo by Agence France-Presse

Solar plane lands in Morocco on historic flight

Jun 06, 2012 - 7:49 AM

The aircraft is not using a drop of fuel and makes history as it takes the first intercontinental flight in a plane powered by the sun