Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
  Solar Energy News  




Subscribe to our free daily newsletters



SOLAR DAILY
Sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft in New York after Statue of Liberty fly-by
by Staff Writers
New York (AFP) June 11, 2016


The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft landed in New York early Saturday, after flying by the Statue of Liberty at the end of the US portion of its bid to circle the globe using only solar power.

"It's absolutely incredible," Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg said over a live video feed as the iconic statue lit up the night below him. "It's a dream here."

The light, slow-moving aircraft later landed at New York's Kennedy Airport, completing the five hour flight from Lehigh Valley Airport in Pennsylvania.

Cameras in a boat in New York harbor captured the innovative solar powered aircraft as it flew over the Verrazano Bridge and headed toward the towering Lady Liberty.

It circled the statue and cruised along the Manhattan skyline before turning back south for the landing at Kennedy, one minute ahead of schedule at 3:59 am (0759 GMT).

Ending the US crossing at the Statue of Liberty "is a very strong moment for me", said Borschberg as he approached New York, calling it a "symbol of the freedom of enterprise, the freedom to innovate."

It was the 14th leg of an east-west journey that began March 9, 2015 in Abu Dhabi, and has taken the aircraft across Asia and the Pacific to the United States.

From New York the Solar Impulse team will attempt to cross the Atlantic to Europe and on to the Middle East.

Borschberg has alternated with fellow Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard, a doctor who made the first non-stop balloon flight around the world in 1999.

Their goal is to be the first to circumnavigate the Earth with the sun as their aircraft's only source of power.

The single-seat aircraft, which has the wingspan of a Boeing 747, is clad in 17,000 solar cells. During night flights like the one from Pennsylvania to New York, it runs on battery-stored power.

It typically travels at a mere 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour, although its flight speed can double when exposed to full sunlight.

Borschberg skimmed over Pennsylvania at an altitude of less than 3,000 feet (900 meters), descending to 1,500 feet (500 meters) as the plane crossed over the bays at the entrance to New York harbor.

Borschberg, who fielded phone calls from well-wishers and journalists during the flight, told one interviewer he could see the light grow denser and denser as he crossed out of Pennsylvania in the approach to New York.

The Swiss businessman was at the controls of Solar Impulse 2 on its most difficult segment of the trip, a 4,000-mile, 118-hour endurance run from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii.

High tropical temperatures damaged the plane's batteries, forcing its crew to take several months off to make repairs.

Borschberg is no stranger to adventure -- 15 years ago he narrowly escaped an avalanche, and in 2013 he survived a helicopter crash with just minor injuries.


Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once


credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly


paypal only

.


Related Links
All About Solar Energy at SolarDaily.com






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Previous Report
SOLAR DAILY
Perovskite solar cells surpass 20 percent efficiency
Lausanne, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 10, 2016
EPFL researchers are pushing the limits of perovskite solar cell performance by exploring the best way to grow these crystals. Michael Graetzel and his team found that, by briefly reducing the pressure while fabricating perovskite crystals, they were able to achieve the highest performance ever measured for larger-size perovskite solar cells, reaching over 20% efficiency and matching the perform ... read more


SOLAR DAILY
World Biofuel Additives Market is Expected to Reach $12,560 Million by 2022

New understanding of plant growth brings promise of tailored products for industry

Chemistry lessons from bacteria may improve biofuel production

Liquid by-products from forest industry find use in wood-plastic composites

SOLAR DAILY
Robots to provide a steadying hand at the right time

Flight of the RoboBee

Teams to compete in 5th year of NASA's sample return robot competition

Germany says not blocking Chinese bid for robotics firm

SOLAR DAILY
Germany slows pace of green energy transition

Ireland aims for greener future

North Sea countries mull wind energy strategy

Industry survey finds U.S. wind power growing

SOLAR DAILY
Car giants see road to riches in sharing

GM's Canada labs to develop self-driving car technology

Google co-founder fuels flying car labs: report

China auto sales increase in May: industry group

SOLAR DAILY
Switzerland winds up superconductivity

Energy-saving devices work - if you use them correctly

Boeing's unmanned undersea vehicle uses Corvus lithium ion battery

Towards building next-generation batteries using a pigment electrode

SOLAR DAILY
Quid Pro Quo: Will US Broker a Nuclear Deal Between India and China?

Belgium's Tihange reactor shuts down

A new material can clear up nuclear waste gases

In turnaround, Sweden agrees to continue nuclear power

SOLAR DAILY
Algorithm could help detect and reduce power grid faults

It pays to increase energy consumption

Changing the world, 1 fridge at a time

Could off-grid electricity systems accelerate energy access

SOLAR DAILY
Yellow Meranti tree in Malaysia is likely the tallest in the tropics

Guatemalan drug lords burning forests to land planes

Beetles, the axe: double trouble for prized Polish forest

Survey describes values, challenges of largest shareholder in US forests: Families




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News






The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement