Solar Impulse 2 has taken off from Dayton, Ohio, bound for Pennsylvania, after being grounded for 24 hours due to a hangar malfunction.
The solar-powered plane was expected to take off on Tuesday on the next leg of its round-the-world adventure, but was delayed as the inflatable hanger used to store it began deflating and came into contact with the plane.
“We couldn’t give a green light for a flight before making sure there had not been any damages inside the structure,” said Andre Borschberg, co-pilot of the project.
On Tuesday night, the engineering team on the ground in Dayton, together with colleagues in Switzerland, gave the green light for the plane to take off at 4am (12pm UAE).
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“When you see takeoffs, landings, safe flights from Solar Impulse, you might have the impression it’s easy. The unexpected is always part of an adventure as challenging as this one,” said Bertrand Piccard, who is piloting the flight.
After completing the 17-hour flight to Pennsylvania, Solar Impulse 2 will then fly to its final US stop in New York, before attempting to cross the Atlantic.
The Masdar-sponsored project, which began in Abu Dhabi in March 2015 and is expected to end there, aims to be the first to fly around the world using only the power of the sun.
Source: uae news