This solar airplane is now almost halfway across the Atlantic as it attempts to become the first zero fuel, zero emissions aircraft to cross the ocean.
Solar Impulse 2 took off from Kennedy Airport in New York early Monday morning and is expected to land at Seville International Airport in Spain on June 23rd.
Piloting the plane is Bertrand Piccard, who has already crossed the Atlantic twice in a balloon. He, along with fellow pilot, André Borscherg, are on a mission to complete the first Round-the-world-solar flight without using a single drop of fuel.
The transatlantic crossing is the 15th leg of the journey and second longest non-stop flight. Last year, Borschberg piloted the plane for 5 days and nights across the Pacific from Japan to Hawaii. The trip broke the world records of distance and duration for solar aviation, as well as the world record for the longest solo flight.
“I have the impression that the flight André and I did last year, beginning of this year, that was to prove that the technology could work. And now we know it works. The goal is to inspire people to use these technologies in their daily lives.”
After landing in Europe, Solar Impulse 2 will end its journey in Abu Dhabi, thus becoming the first airplane to circumnavigate the world using only renewable energy.