As previously reported back in March, Solar Impulse 2 - a plane, powered solely by solar power - had just embarked on its epic 5 month trip to circumnavigate the globe with pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard taking it turns to fly.
Having left Nanjing, China on the 31 May this leg was proving to be the most gruelling for pilot, André Borschberg, given the distances to the next stop Hawaii with expectations being around 6 days to complete the journey non stop.
Borschberg was 36 hours into the journey when the order from mission control in Monaco to abort this leg due to adverse weather conditions en route. It means Solar Impulse 2 will make an unscheduled stop in Nagoya, Japan and wait there for the weather to improve before proceeding. Speaking to the BBC, Bertrand Piccard was philosophical and remained positive saying that " We have to put safety at the top of all of our priorities. Everyone is very happy with the plane - but the weather does not fit … we land in Nagoya and we wait for better conditions to continue."
Further news and updates can be found at the official Solar Impulse 2 website.
Picture courtesy of Wikimedia - Milko Vuille: Solar Impulse SI2 piloté par Bertrand Piccard, décollant de la base aérienne de Payerne le 13 novembre 2014
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