Solar Plane started Pacific marathon on Sunday. Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg has started his challenge to cross the Pacific, from China to Hawaii, in the zero-fuel Solar Impulse aeroplane. The longest leg of Solar Impulse’s marathon around the world is being called the “moment of truth” for one of the most encouraging solar planes. If the flight will be successful, it will be the first ever crossing such a huge expanse by a solar plane, and it will determine a new section for transport using clean technologies.
The solar plane journey started in March in Abu Dhabi, and the experimental aircraft, which has a wingspan bigger than a jumbo but weighs little more than a large car, has stopped in Oman, India, Myanmar and China. The flight to Hawaii is the seventh and the longest of 12 flights. Pilot André Borschberg took off and started Pacific marathon from Nanjing, China, on Sunday in the Solar Impulse. Flight is expected to last six days and five nights, or at least 130 hours.
Borschberg will spend the entire trip inside the plane’s 3.8 square meter cockpit, sitting on the seat that doubles as a bed, exercise machine and toilet. He is only able to nap for 20 minutes at a time, and only when there’s no air turbulence. Pilot is equipped with food, water and sports drinks. He’s also got a parachute, life raft, and oxygen bottles.