Round-the-world solar plane suspends flight due to damaged batteries

 

Geneva: The world`s largest solar-powered aircraft, Solar Impulse 2, was forced to push back the second half of it`s round-the-world flight to early spring 2016 due to irreversible damage to overheated batteries, the team behind the project announced on Wednesday.

Solar Impulse grounded in Hawaii for repairs

The sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft has been grounded in Hawaii, its crew said today, after a gruelling five-day, fuel-less flight across the Pacific Ocean overheated its batteries.

Solar Impulse 2 shatters records in historic Pacific flight, reaches Hawaii
Solar Impulse 2 shatters records in historic Pacific flight, reaches Hawaii

The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft completed an historic flight on Friday after circling the globe without so much as a drop of fuel, then touching down seemingly effortlessly in Hawaii.

Solar Impulse 2 to land at dawn, arrives in Honolulu
Solar Impulse 2 to land at dawn, arrives in Honolulu

The solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2 (SI2), has arrived early on Friday morning in Honolulu, the capital city of the US's island state of Hawaii, and will land at dawn.

Solar Impulse 2 closing in on Hawaii after `difficult` hours
Solar Impulse 2 closing in on Hawaii after `difficult` hours

Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), the solar-powered plane on a round-the world trip bid, is closing in on Hawaii after a record-breaking flight which has tested its exhausted pilot to the limit in “difficult” conditions. 

Solar Impulse 2 entering critical phase in trans-Pacific flight
Solar Impulse 2 entering critical phase in trans-Pacific flight

Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), the sun-powered plane, is entering the critical phase of its flight, the Pacific Ocean crossing from Japan to Hawaii.

Solar Impulse two-thirds of way from Japan to Hawaii

A solar-powered aircraft flying from Japan to Hawaii on the most perilous leg of a round-the-globe bid has passed the two-thirds point, and was under 40 hours from landing, organizers said.

Solar Impulse passes halfway point of Pacific Ocean crossing
Solar Impulse passes halfway point of Pacific Ocean crossing

Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), the solar-powered aircraft on a round-the-world flight, passed the halfway point of the perilous Pacific Ocean crossing from Japan to Hawaii on Wednesday.

Solar Impulse reaches quarter way point in Japan-US flight
Solar Impulse reaches quarter way point in Japan-US flight

A solar-powered aircraft on a round-the-world flight was high above the Pacific Ocean Tuesday, over a quarter of the way to Hawaii after leaving Japan, the mission website showed.

Solar plane takes off for Hawaii from Japan
Solar plane takes off for Hawaii from Japan

The Swiss-made solar-powered plane, Solar Impulse 2, on Monday started its second bid at a record-breaking flight across the Pacific Ocean.

Solar Impulse takes off on delayed Pacific flight

The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft took off early Sunday for a flight over the Pacific Ocean, a spokeswoman said, the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun.

Solar Impulse could be stuck in Japan for a year: Pilot
Solar Impulse could be stuck in Japan for a year: Pilot

A solar-powered plane attempting to fly around the world must cross the Pacific within a few weeks or it could remain stuck in Japan for a year, its pilot said in an interview published Thursday.

Solar Impulse set to take off early Wednesday: Team
Solar Impulse set to take off early Wednesday: Team

A solar-powered plane that has been trapped in Japan for three weeks by the rainy season is set to take off for Hawaii early tomorrow, the team said.

Solar Impulse facing `moment of truth` in Japan: Pilot
Solar Impulse facing `moment of truth` in Japan: Pilot

An ambitious attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a solar-powered plane is facing a "moment of truth" after two weeks of bad weather that have left it stuck in Japan, its pilot said Tuesday.

Solar plane to not leave Japan till mid-June
Solar plane to not leave Japan till mid-June

The solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse 2 will not be able to take off from Nagoya airport in central Japan to travel around the world until mid-June as its wing needs to be repaired, the organisation behind the project said on Thursday.

Solar Impulse plane stuck in Japan one week for repairs

Solar Impulse 2 will be stuck in Japan for at least a week, its pilot has said, after it sustained damage to its delicate wing following an impromptu landing in the country.

Solar Impulse pilot pledges to continue flight after Japan stop
Solar Impulse pilot pledges to continue flight after Japan stop

The pilot of record-breaking Solar Impulse 2 pledged Tuesday to continue his adventure after the high-tech aircraft made an unexpected stop in Japan to avoid bad weather.

Bad weather forces solar-powered plane to land in Japan
Bad weather forces solar-powered plane to land in Japan

Solar Impulse 2 will land in the Japanese city of Nagoya, organisers said today, as bad weather delayed a landmark attempt by a solar plane to cross the Pacific Ocean.

Bad weather casts doubt on Solar Impulse 2 Pacific flight
Bad weather casts doubt on Solar Impulse 2 Pacific flight

Solar Impulse 2 was in a holding pattern over the Sea of Japan on Monday as organisers warned that bad weather in the days ahead could block the aircraft`s ambitious bid to cross the Pacific Ocean.

Solar Impulse 2 over Sea of Japan, day after take-off

The Solar Impulse 2 aircraft flew over the Sea of Japan Monday, almost 24 hours after it set off on the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun.