I find this absolutely incredible..
The latest leg of it's around the world flight will take Solar Impulse from Nanjing China to Hawaii, non-stop. This will cover approximately 8,000km and will take 5-6 DAYS CONTINUOUS SOLO FLIGHT - the pilot will be able to take 20 min "catnaps" !!
Solar Impulse awaits 'moment of truth'
"It will be a test of man and machine. The Solar Impulse project is waiting to undertake its greatest challenge yet: flying non-stop from Nanjing in China to Hawaii in the Central Pacific.
For a passenger airliner, the 8,000km could be completed in 10 hours or so. But for this solar-powered, prop-driven, experimental aircraft, it could take 5-6 days and nights of continuous flight.
The plane will need the weather on its side, which is why the team is currently sitting tight in Nanjing, looking out for a sizeable, favourable window.
So far on its epic round-the-world quest to promote clean technologies, Solar Impulse has been restricted to short hops of about 20 hours' maximum duration.
To complete this seventh leg will involve smashing several aviation records - not least the longest-duration journey for a single-seater plane. "
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