|1||9 March 2015 03:12 UTC||Abu Dhabi, UAE||Muscat, Oman||733 km||13h 1'||56.3 km/h(30.4 kn)||André Borschberg|
|2||10 March 2015 02:35 UTC||Muscat, Oman||Ahmedabad, India||1434 km||15h 20'||93.5 km/h (50.5 kn)||Bertrand Piccard|
|3||Ahmedabad, India||Varanasi, India|
|4||Varanasi, India||Mandalay, Myanmar|
|5||Mandalay, Myanmar||Chongqing, China|
|6||Chongqing, China||Nanjing, China|
|7||Nanjing, China||Hawaii, USA|
|8||Hawaii, USA||Phoenix, USA|
|9||Phoenix, USA||TBD (mid-USA)|
|10||TBD (mid-USA)||New York, USA|
|11||New York, USA||TBD (Southern Europe or Morocco)|
|12||TBD (Southern Europe or Morocco)||Abu Dhabi, UAE|
The Solar Impulse is a photovoltaics-powered aircraft piloted by Swiss aeronaut Bertrand Piccard (above), who already rode the first balloon to circle the world...non-stop. Swiss businessman Andre Borschberg will co-fly the plane. No, Bertrand is not the son of Jean-Luc Picard, that fictional character from Star Trek. His father is Jacques (right in the above photo), who, with a colleague of mine, Don Walsh (left), in 1960, used a bathyscaphe, the Trieste, dropping to the deepest part of our oceans, the Mariana Trench, a depth of 35,797.
- Has a wingspan of 236 feet, longer than that of the latest Boeing 747 and about that of the Airbus 380, the largest passenger plane.
- Uses 45 kW of monocrystalline solar photovoltaic cells, by SunPower of Europe.
- Which feed lithium-ion batteries, powering four electric motors at 13 kW each.
- Is funded by European companies, although Toyota is in the mix.