Monday 1 June 2015

Bad Weather Grounds Solar-Powered Plane

Bad weather has forced a solar-powered plane to halt its attempt to circumnavigate the globe and it is now due to land in Japan.

Solar Impulse 2 had been forced into a holding pattern ahead of a planned crossing of the Pacific Ocean.

The seventh leg of the journey was set to have taken pilot Andre Borschberg on a six-day flight from the Chinese city of Nanjing to Hawaii.

Mr Borschberg completed the first overnight leg, but poor weather is forcing him to land.

The experimental craft took off from Abu Dhabi in March - but it was always known that the Pacific crossing would be the most challenging part of the journey.

The maiden solar-powered global circumnavigation is part of an attempt to promote green energy.

Solar Impulse 2 is powered by more than 17,000 solar cells built into wings that are longer than those of a Boeing 747.

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