So­lar Im­pulse ....

Pakistan Observer - - 07 -

End­ing the US cross­ing at the Statue of Lib­erty “is a very strong mo­ment for me”, said Borschberg as he ap­proached New York, call­ing it a “sym­bol of the free­dom of en­ter­prise, the free­dom to in­no­vate.”

It was 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.

From New York the So­lar Im­pulse team will at­tempt to cross the At­lantic to Europe and on to the Mid­dle East.

Borschberg has al­ter­nated with fel­low Swiss pilot Ber­trand Pic­card, a doc­tor who made the first non-stop bal­loon flight around the world in 1999.

Their goal is to be the first to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the Earth with the sun as their air­craft’s only source of power.

The sin­gle-seat air­craft, which has the wing­span of a Boe­ing 747, is clad in 17,000 so­lar cells. Dur­ing night flights like the one from Penn­syl­va­nia to New York, it runs on bat­tery-stored power.—AFP

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