Solar Impulse Sets Off On a Groundbreaking Flight

For the first time, an airplane powered purely by solar energy is making a five-day, five-night journey across the Pacific Ocean. The success of the flight will depend heavily upon the weather as sunshine is crucial to the airplane’s functionality and without it, the only option will be to ditch the aircraft in the Pacific. Two pilots, Andre Borschberg and Betrand Piccard, are taking turns operating the plane as it travels from Nanjing, China to Phoenix, Arizona with one stop in Honolulu, Hawaii.