Swiss airplane Solar Impulse 2 leaves Nanjing for challenging leg over the Pacific

The Embassy of Switzerland in China wishes Solar Impulse 2 full success as the Swiss-made, solar-powered aircraft departed from Nanjing to embark on the challenging flight to cross over the Pacific Ocean onto Hawaii, the United States, on Sunday, May 31.

 The fuel-free airplane, currently on its around-the-world flight, left the Nanjing Lukou International Airport at 02:39, on Sunday. It is being maneuvered by pilot André Borschberg. The Nanjing to Hawaii segment is the seventh of Solar Impulse’s 12 legs with an estimated flight of 8,175 kilometers, at over six days and nights on end, the longest one of its first attempt to fly around the world without a drop of fuel.

Thanks to the coordinating efforts of the Swiss Embassy and Chinese authorities, the plane landed in Chongqing on March 31 and in Nanjing on April 21. At both stopovers in China, public events such as visits to local schools and meetings with Chinese university students have been organized by the Embassy to raise awareness of renewable energy, environment protection, in a bid to promote and share Swiss innovation spirit.

Under the alternate controls of co-founders and pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, Solar Impulse 2, with 17,000 built-in solar cells supplying energy to its four motors, kicked off its epic journey to circle the globe and promote the use of renewable energy from Abu Dhabi in March 2015. The total journey is scheduled to take 500 flight hours and cover 35,000 km. Solar Impulse 2 already stopped in Oman, India, Myanmar and China.

Conceived in Switzerland, Solar Impulse has gained the full support from the Swiss Confederation and over 100 Swiss government institutes, research centers and private companies from the very beginning. It is not only a modern embodiment of Switzerland’s commitment to sustainability, but also a demonstration of Switzerland’s strengthens in innovation and advancement in technology.

For instance, the leading Swiss research institute Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), which was entrusted with the feasibility study of the plane about ten years ago, made special contributions to the development of the flight simulator, a motor-optimization model and innovative human-machine interfaces.

Solar Impulse’s stopovers in China were also celebrated in the framework of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between Switzerland and China.


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Swiss Confederation Weibo (Chinese Version Twitter):

Solar Impulse Weibo :

– Solar Impulse official account:@阳光动力官博

– Bertrand Piccard:@贝特朗-皮卡尔

– André Borschberg:@安德烈-波许博格

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