Monday, February 29, 2016

Solar Impulse 2 flies after battery repair

The Solar Impulse 2 solar powered aircraft successfully completed its first maintenance flight on Friday, 26th of February, after undergoing maintenance repairs on its damaged batteries brought about by overheating during the last flight in June 2015.

The plane took off from Kalaeloa airport, Hawaii at 4:32 PM UTC with our test pilot, Markus Scherdel, in the cockpit, and landed at 6:05 PM UTC.

During the hour and a half flight, the team based at the Mission Control Center performed maintenance checks to verify that the technology installed in the aircraft runs smoothly.

The stabilisation and cooling system were a part of these checks and both performed superbly. Si2 flew up to 8,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean and then returned to the Kalaeloa base.

Following the longest and most difficult leg of the round-the-world journey which lasted 5 days and 5 nights (117 hours and 52 minutes), onboard batteries overheated during the record breaking oceanic flight from Nagoya, Japan to Hawaii, USA.

Solar Impulse is attempting a historic first of flying around the world only on solar energy. And while Solar Impulse has completed 8 legs, covering nearly half of the journey, the team expects to complete the mission in 2016.