Record-break­ing so­lar plane is grounded:

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

A so­lar-pow­ered plane has been grounded by dam­aged bat­ter­ies for at least a fewweeks af­ter com­plet­ing its record­break­ing five-day jour­ney from Ja­pan to Hawaii. The So­lar Im­pulse 2’s team says the bat­ter­ies were over-in­su­lated and be­came over­heated on the first day of the Ja­pan-Hawaii leg. The plane won’t fly be­fore the be­gin­ning of Au­gust as the team works to re­place and re­pair dam­aged parts. The plane landed in Hawaii on July 3 af­ter com­plet­ing a 118-hour voy­age that broke the record for the world’s long­est non­stop solo flight. The So­lar Im­pulse 2 is next headed to Phoenix as part of an around-the-world flight.

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