The world’s most advanced solar-powered plane, named Solar Impulse, has embarked on a journey across the United States. The first leg of the mission has been completed as of Saturday, May 4th when the plane landed successfully in Phoenix, AZ. Solar Impulse is piloted by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg in different legs of the journey across the United States. Piccard started this adventure taking off from the Moffett Field NASA Ames Research Center by San Francisco, California on his way to Phoenix.
The plane is powered by 12,000 photovoltaic cells and averages 40mph while in the air. The plane flies at 27,000 feet as the cells soak in the sun’s energy to recharge its battery.
After Phoenix, Solar Impulse is scheduled to fly to Dallas on May 15th and then on to St. Louis, Washington D.C. and will finish its journey in early July at the JFK airport in New York City.
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