Solar plane sets off on latest leg
A solar-powered aircraft has taken off from California in the US heading for Arizona, the latest leg of its journey around the world using only energy from the sun. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 took off from Mountain View shortly after 5am yesterday for an expected 16-hour flight to Phoenix. Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg is at the helm of the plane that began circumnavigation of the globe last year after it took off from Abu Dhabi. Borschberg’s co-pilot, Bertrand Piccard, also from Switzerland, made a three-day trip from Hawaii to the heart of Silicon Valley, where he landed last week. Solar Impulse 2’s wings are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries. After Phoenix, the plane will make two more stops in the United States before crossing the Atlantic.
FLYING: Borschberg at the controls