Solar Plane Lands in California

Our next story takes us to the sunny skies of California, where a solar powered plane is one step closer to circling the globe.

The Solar Impulse 2 landed in the Golden State Sunday, after a two and a half day flight across the Pacific. The plane took off from Hawaii last week. This after being stalled for more than nine months following a battery malfunction in the previous leg of the trip.

Resembling a giant high-tech dragonfly, the experimental plane requires near perfect conditions to fly. Because the plane travels at about the same speed as a car, the trip from Hawaii to California took about 62 hours.

The Solar Impulse 2 will make several stops in the U.S., before a tricky flight across the Atlantic Ocean.

Instructional Links

Website Article & Map: The Golden Fight

http://www.solarimpulse.com/leg-9-from-Hawaii-to-Mountain_View_CA

Website Article: Extreme Tech, Solar Impulse 2, as Large as a 747

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/180334-solar-impulse-2-as-large-as-a-747-prepares-for-the-first-round-the-world-solar-powered-flight

Graphic: Phys.org, Solar Impulse

http://cdn.phys.org/newman/gfx/news/hires/2012/1-solarimpulse.jpg

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